Time to change the drug rehabilitation process

“Pusat Serenti”, Malaysia’s compulsory drug detention centres has always been deemed a failure. It has been plagued by inefficiencies, corruption and poor staffing.

Drug addicts are often involved in crime and some of them violent, inviting a label of being the pariahs of society. So such detention centres are often seen as justice.

However, many do not believe that criminalising drug addicts and keeping them in a confined space is humane and this practice may even contradict basic human rights.

Drug rehabilitation advocates have longed fought for a change in the way Malaysia runs its drug rehabilitation process. Adding humanity to this process via a voluntary programme has been seen as more effective and certainly humane way of tackling this issue.

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Be prepared for the stress!

This systematic review and meta-analysis should raise concerns about depression among healthcare professionals. Many assume that healthcare professionals should be well aware of the symptoms, however, that is far from the truth. Junior medical officers entering the workforce may find that the situation can be very different from the time they were medical students and working in a protective university hospital environment.

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