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Oct 26, 2016

Drug rehabilitation in the Philippines

Drug rehabilitation in the Philippines

With few programs or facilities to help addicts and pushers the Philippine government is building a new “mega” rehab centre will be able to treat up to 10,000 patients. All the other drug users who can't get in will probably be shot or killed by President Duterte.

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Drug users take part in a performance during a ceremony marking the completion of six months drug rehabilitation of 48 patients at Central Luzon Drug Rehabilitation Center in Pampanga province, in northern Philippines, October 11, 2016. The soaring popularity of methamphetamine - a cheap and highly addictive drug Ð is overburdening health services and tearing families and communities apart in Southeast Asia, driving many countries to adopt hardline policies to fight the surge in narcotics use. /REUTERS

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Drug users who completed six months drug rehabilitation program receive a statue of Baby Jesus or St Nino at Central Luzon Drug Rehabilitation Center in Pampanga province, in northern Philippines, October 11, 2016. /REUTERS

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Uniforms of drug users hang outside the isolation building, housing drug dependents at Central Luzon Drug Rehabilitation Center, in Pampanga province, in northern Philippines, October 1, 2016. /REUTERS

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Drug users exercise at Central Luzon Drug Rehabilitation Center in Pampanga province, in northern Philippines, October 1, 2016. /REUTERS

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Drug users get computer training as part of a recovery training and livelihood project at Central Luzon Drug Rehabilitation Center in Pampanga province, in northern Philippines, October 6, 2016. /REUTERS

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A newly-admitted drug user gets his head shaved at Central Luzon Drug Rehabilitation Center in Pampanga province, in northern Philippines, October 11, 2016. The soaring popularity of methamphetamine - a cheap and highly addictive drug Ð is overburdening health services and tearing families and communities apart in Southeast Asia, driving many countries to adopt hardline policies to fight the surge in narcotics use. REUTERS/Erik De Castro SEARCH "DRUG REHAB" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. - RTX2PI2X /REUTERS

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A drug user, who took his baby hostage during a visit from his family, sits inside an isolation cell as a punishment for his behaviour at Central Luzon Drug Rehabilitation Center in Pampanga province, in northern Philippines, October 7, 2016. /REUTERS

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Drug users pray inside a chapel of Central Luzon Drug Rehabilitation Center in Pampanga province, in northern Philippines, October 6, 2016. /REUTERS

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Drug users who call themselves "Recovering Champions" are hosed with water as part of their weekend drug rehabilitation program organised by the government of San Fernando, La Union, in northern Philippines, September 24, 2016. /REUTERS

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Drug users who call themselves "Recovering Champions" crawl on mud as part of their weekend drug rehabilitation program organised by the government of San Fernando, La Union, in northern Philippines, September 24, 2016. /REUTERS

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Drug users who call themselves "Recovering Champions" are blindfolded as part of their weekend drug rehabilitation program organised by the government of San Fernando, La Union, in northern Philippines, September 24, 2016. /REUTERS

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Drug users who call themselves "Recovering Champions" take a rest inside a classroom turned into a makeshift dormitory during a weekend drug rehabilitation program organised by the government of San Fernando, La Union, in northern Philippines, September 24, 2016. The soaring popularity of methamphetamine - a cheap and highly addictive drug Ð is overburdening health services and tearing families and communities apart in Southeast Asia, driving many countries to adopt hardline policies to fight the surge in narcotics use. /REUTERS

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A drug user holds a Bible before the start of a Yoga session at Center for Christian Recovery, a private drug rehabilitation center, in Antipolo, Rizal, in the Philippines, September 28, 2016. The soaring popularity of methamphetamine - a cheap and highly addictive drug Ð is overburdening health services and tearing families and communities apart in Southeast Asia, driving many countries to adopt hardline policies to fight the surge in narcotics use. /REUTERS

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Drug users make coffins as part of a local government drug rehabilitation program in Olongapo city, northern Philippines, October 5, 2016. Drug users are taught carpentry skills and paid 5,000 Philippine pesos ($103) a month to build wooden coffins as part of the local government's livelihood and rehabilitation programme. The caskets, made of simple plywood and painted white, are provided to the poorest families in the city who are unable to afford funeral services, government officials said. /REUTERS

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A drug user with a tattoo that reads: "You'll Never Walk Alone", is seen inside a classroom turned into a makeshift dormitory during a weekend drug rehabilitation program organised by the government of San Fernando, La Union, in northern Philippines, September 24, 2016. The soaring popularity of methamphetamine - a cheap and highly addictive drug Ð is overburdening health services and tearing families and communities apart in Southeast Asia, driving many countries to adopt hardline policies to fight the surge in narcotics use. /REUTERS

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A guard checks on drug users sleeping inside a dormitory hall of Central Luzon Drug Rehabilitation Center in Pampanga province, in northern Philippines, September 30, 2016. The soaring popularity of methamphetamine - a cheap and highly addictive drug Ð is overburdening health services and tearing families and communities apart in Southeast Asia, driving many countries to adopt hardline policies to fight the surge in narcotics use. /REUTERS

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A dentist prepares to extract a tooth of a drug user at Central Luzon Drug Rehabilitation Center in Pampanga province, in northern Philippines, October 6, 2016. The soaring popularity of methamphetamine - a cheap and highly addictive drug Ð is overburdening health services and tearing families and communities apart in Southeast Asia, driving many countries to adopt hardline policies to fight the surge in narcotics use. /REUTERS

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Drug users sleep with their shirts over their heads during siesta at a dormitory for newly-arrived patients at Central Luzon Drug Rehabilitation Center in Pampanga province, in northern Philippines, October 7, 2016. The soaring popularity of methamphetamine - a cheap and highly addictive drug Ð is overburdening health services and tearing families and communities apart in Southeast Asia, driving many countries to adopt hardline policies to fight the surge in narcotics use. /REUTERS

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A female drug user puts the finishing touches on her painting inside a dormitory hall of Central Luzon Drug Rehabilitation Center in Pampanga province, in northern Philippines, September 30, 2016. The soaring popularity of methamphetamine - a cheap and highly addictive drug Ð is overburdening health services and tearing families and communities apart in Southeast Asia, driving many countries to adopt hardline policies to fight the surge in narcotics use. /REUTERS

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A portrait of president Rodrigo Duterte hangs in a classroom occupied by drug users during a weekend drug rehabilitation program organised by the government of San Fernando, La Union, in northern Philippines, September 24, 2016. The soaring popularity of methamphetamine - a cheap and highly addictive drug Ð is overburdening health services and tearing families and communities apart in Southeast Asia, driving many countries to adopt hardline policies to fight the surge in narcotics use. /REUTERS

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