Rehabilitation and Medical Centers
National Addictions Management Service, Singapore
Providing residential detoxification and rehabilitation services for both behavioural and substance addictions.
Buangkok Green Medical Park10 Buangkok ViewSingapore 539747Tel: 1-800-6-668-668Website: http://www.nams.org.sg/page.aspx/0/home
As part of the Institute of Mental Health (IMH), the National Addictions Management Service incorporates psychiatric and social therapies, education, community liaison and research to help addicts in Singapore on the road to recovery.
Narcotics control regulations and laws
Misuse of Drugs Act (MDA)
Parliament of Singapore
July 7, 1973
Facts and stats
In the 19th and early 20th Centuries, opium abuse was widespread in Singapore, mostly amongst Chinese expatriates.
At this time, Singapore was administrated by Great Britain, which was not interested in imposing an all-out ban on opium.
It wasn’t until 1946 that opium possession was criminalised in Singapore. Harsh punishments were introduced ranging from forced rehabilitation to the death penalty, contributing to a dramatic fall in usage.
In 1971 the Central Narcotics Bureau was set up to co-ordinate all aspects of the fight against drugs, accompanied by more robust legislation to deal with addicts and traffickers.
Today, possession of even small amounts of drugs still carries a mandatory death sentence. These draconian approaches to drug control have attracted criticism from human rights advocates. The law permits drug searches without a search warrant, and a presumption of guilt in the event of refusal to comply.
Associating with drug users even if you yourself are not one, or owning premises where drugs are taken, can put you at risk of arrest and punishment under Singaporean drug law.
Despite this, the fact that the CNB continues to arrest addicts suggests that drugs continue to be used in Singapore.
Governmental / Non-governmental Associations
National Council against Drug Abuse
393 New Bridge Road
Tel: 6325 6504
The National Council against Drug Abuse is a voluntary think-tank set up in 1995 to advise on anti-drug policy and strategy.
Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association (SANA)
Sengkang Community Club
Tel: 6732 1122
SANA is a voluntary association that aims to provide assistance and rehabilitation for drug addicts in Singapore.