AUTHORITIES who earlier sounded the alarm about the sudden proliferation in the market of cheap cocaine—dubbed “Samar cocaine” because it is believed to be part of a huge shipment waylaid in that Eastern Visayas province---have another reason for worry: more college students have become the target of this illegal drug.
With this, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) said on Monday it is planning to seek the help of attached agencies involved in the anti-drug campaign, as well as the Department of Health.
CHED Executive Director Atty. Julito Vitriolo said Samar cocaine has become a hit in the street market today, and the help of concerned agencies is urgently needed to save the lives of the youth.
Vitriolo will soon be issuing a memo to delegate to the CHED regional offices the power to conduct investigations into any perceptible rise in drug use in particular areas.
CHED, he said, would need the DOH’s help should there be a need to conduct random drug tests among college students.
We will coordinate with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the DDB about this, and also with the DOH for the random drug tests if the need arises, Vitriolo said.
A memo will be issued to the regional offices to warn schools and to take measures about the menace if indeed it exists, he added.
Samar cocaine has become a hit among college students in Metro Manila because supply is abundant and cheap, said Wilkins Villanueva, director of the PDEA Metro Manila Regional Office.
The PDEA labeled the drug Samar cocaine because it believes it is part of the 1.5-ton shipment recently smuggled through Samar province.
Information received by PDEA indicated that the current street price of the cocaine is P3,000 per gram---much cheaper than shabu, which sells for P8,000 to P10,000 per gram.
MONDAY, 28 JUNE 2010
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