OVER 1,000 people in Penang have voluntarily sought treatment for drug addiction at the Cure and Care 1Malaysia treatment centres for the first six months of the year.
Penang National Anti-Drugs Agency director Siti Rohani Ahmad said the number marked a marginal increase of a few per cent compared to the same period last year.
She said the clinics in Penang catered to those who voluntarily declared their addition unlike hardcore addicts, who are arrested by the agency’s enforcement division or the police for narcotics abuse.
These hardened addicts, she added, were usually placed in the Pusat Serenti drug rehabilitation centres.
“There are now encouraging signs that indicate more addicts are willing to voluntarily declare their addiction and seek help.”
She was speaking to reporters at the agency’s Hari Raya open house on Wednesday.
The treatment centres here offer methadone to treat their patients. They also offer counseling and various new methods to treat such addiction and to prevent a relapse.
The concept was first introduced in 2010, and since then, there are positive signs to show that this form of new treatment has the potential to successfully rehabilitate addicts.