Aim is for a drug-free society, not a drug-tolerant one: CNB

Most users who test positive for drug consumption are sent for rehab instead of being charged in court, it says

In Singapore, recent changes to the Misuse of Drugs Act have extended more rehabilitation options to those whose only crime is to consume drugs.
In Singapore, recent changes to the Misuse of Drugs Act have extended more rehabilitation options to those whose only crime is to consume drugs.PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

Drug consumption is an offence that can result in jail time and a fine, but most users here who have tested positive will be committed to treatment at a Drug Rehabilitation Centre (DRC) for their habit instead of having to face a charge in court.

They will also not have a criminal record for drug consumption, said the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 23, 2019, with the headline 'Aim is for a drug-free society, not a drug-tolerant one: CNB'. Subscribe