Thursday, 13 Augst 2020 | 16:14 WIB

Social Affairs Ministry Collaborate with BNN to Eradicate Narcotics Abuse

Social Affairs Minister Juliari P Batubara (netralnews)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesia Ministry of Social Affairs and the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) have collaborated to prevent and eradicate drug abuse and illicit trafficking.

This collaboration was carried out by the signing of a Joint Agreement between the Ministry of Social Affairs and the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) on the Prevention and Eradication of Narcotics Abuse and Circulation of Narcotics and Narcotics Precursors and Social Rehabilitation.

Social Affairs Minister Juliari P Batubara said the signing of the joint agreement between the Ministry of Social Affairs and the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) would be the basis for equalizing perceptions and ways of acting for various stakeholders in the prevention and eradication of narcotics abuse and trafficking.

"Regarding social rehabilitation, (the cooperation) aims to optimize the main tasks and functions of the parties. The implementation of social rehabilitation and further coaching is also adjusted to national standards," said the Minister.

The statement was made by the Minister of Social Affairs after the signing of the MoU with the Head of the BNN and the Colombo Plan Country Director and the Launching of the Guidelines for Drug Rehabilitation Services in the Covid-19 Pandemic Period in the Main Meeting Room of the Ministry of Social Affairs, on Friday (07/10/2020).

The Minister hopes that future generations will avoid all kinds of drug abuse. Juliari also hopes that more and more people will not be rehabilitated, meaning that the number of drug users has fallen.

On the same occasion, the Head of BNN Heru Winarko said, drug handling cooperation was carried out from upstream to downstream. It is said there is rehabilitation aimed at voluntary and compulsory.

"For voluntary, we expect the community if there is a family, their children use drugs immediately rehabilitated and there is no legal sanction I guarantee. Please be rehabilitated in the Institution of Obligatory Recipient Reports (IPWL) owned by the Ministry of Social Affairs, as well as at the National Narcotics Agency, or Ministry of Health," Heru

Regarding compulsory rehabilitation, those arrested by the police will be assessed. Later it will be seen, the perpetrators enter the dealer or dealer network.

Heru said, if the person was a dealer, the criminal would be processed but if the user, going through a judicial process, there is a judge's verdict and rehabilitation.

"So the problem is, from the court where the rehab is located? Now there is an answer from the Ministry of Social Affairs ready to accept compulsory. This is a form of cooperation that we are doing so as to reduce users being sent to prison," Heru explained.