The East Java administration plans to build a hospital to specifically rehabilitate drug abusers.

“This will be the biggest narcotics hospital in Indonesia with a capacity to accommodate more than 600 patients. It will be equipped with sports and other supporting facilities. The development of the hospital is part of government care for the victims of drug abuse,” East Java Health Agency head

Harsono said on the sidelines of the launch of the program for 10,000 drug users at the East Java Governor’s Office on Jl. Pahlawan, Surabaya, on Tuesday. Harsono said the drug rehabilitation hospital would be built in Dungus district, Madiun regency. He said the administration had just completed the land clearing process on 8.2 hectares, with state-owned forestry firm Perhutani as the owner of the land.

According to official data, East Java ranks first in provinces with the highest numbers of drug users in Indonesia. From around 4.9 million drug users in Indonesia, 400,000 are in the province. Drug abuse in East Java inflicts financial losses of Rp 9.5 trillion (US$722.08 million) each year. Nationally, the amount of financial losses caused by drug abuse reaches Rp 57 trillion.

Empowerment and Justice Action (EJA) Surabaya coordinator Rudhy Wedhasmara said the development of a narcotics hospital would unlikely reduce the number of drug users in East Java.

He said the provincial administration should push regional authorities to make a joint commitment to more seriously tackle drug abuse in line with Presidential Instruction (Inpres) No.12/2011 on the prevention and control of drug abuse and illegal drug trafficking.

Rudhy further said the East Java government should also optimize the delivery of care services and facilities for drug abusers in all mental health hospitals, along with optimizing Ministerial Regulation No.46/2012 on medical rehabilitation for drug abusers.

“Handling the victims of drug abuse is complicated and one building is not enough,” said Rudhy, adding that the death penalty had also proven to have been ineffective in reducing the number of drug abusers. (ebf)(++++)



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