New figures affirm Singapore's decision to shift focus of drug laws to rehabilitation

Overall, the figures affirm Singapore's decision to shift the focus of drug laws from that of punishment to rehabilitation, said those involved in drug rehabilitation efforts on the ground.
Overall, the figures affirm Singapore's decision to shift the focus of drug laws from that of punishment to rehabilitation, said those involved in drug rehabilitation efforts on the ground.PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

In the past four months, four people have voluntarily surrendered to the Central Narcotics Bureau for their drug-related activities, which took observers by surprise, but which they said was a good sign that addicts are willing to come forward to seek help.

The Ministry of Home Affairs gave the figure last week in response to The Straits Times' queries about the recent changes to the Misuse of Drugs Act that included the new surrender opportunity for drug abusers.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 12, 2019, with the headline 'New figures affirm S'pore's decision to shift focus of drug laws to rehabilitation'. Print Edition | Subscribe