Editorial: Battle vs illegal drugs

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Friday, April 11, 2014

OUR local authorities were able to seize a kilo of high-grade cocaine from two individuals here last Wednesday afternoon.

The confiscated illegal drugs were believed to be among the eight remaining cocaine bricks missing.

The operation was commendable. Our operatives here were able to prevent its distribution, at least for the recovered cocaine. They were able to control the unforeseen crimes that might happen as a result of getting addicted to these illegal drugs.


The study conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse about "The Science of Drug Abuse and Addiction" may explain why there are some people who crave for cocaine.

It said cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant drug made from the leaves of the coca plant native to South America. It produces short-term euphoria, energy, and talkativeness in addition to potentially dangerous physical effects like raising heart rate and blood pressure.

But, it is potentially risky to one's health. It affects the body in a variety of ways. It constricts blood vessels, dilates pupils, and increases body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. Because cocaine tends to decrease appetite, chronic users can become malnourished as well.

The damage it could bring to an individual is unimaginable.

Hence, our leaders double its efforts tracing the suspects of missing cocaine bricks.

That goes to show its danger outweighs the benefits.

There are seven more bricks that are not yet returned. With the success in confiscating a kilo of cocaine, we keep our high hopes for the operatives to recover the unreturned and penalize whoever is keeping them.

We are lucky here because the police authorities, in coordination with the offices of the City Government of Davao through Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, work hand-in-hand to protect the people and to protect the city.

To all the members of the Task Force Cocaine and Other Illegal Drugs, thank you for doing your job!

To the people of Davao, let us help our authorities track down illegal drug peddlers.

Together, we continue our battle to thwart illegal drugs. Someday, Davao will take its number one spot as a drug-free city in the world.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 11, 2014.


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