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Rehabilitation and Medical Centers

National Addictions Management Service, Singapore

Specialities:

Providing residential detoxification and rehabilitation services for both behavioural and substance addictions.

Contact/Address:

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.

National Narcotics Control Authorities

Name:

Central Narcotics Bureau of Singapore (CNBS)

Contact/Address:

Blk B,
Police Cantonment Complex
393 New Bridge
RoadSingapore
088763

Tel: 1800-3256666
Email: cnb_feedback@cnb.gov.sg
Website: http://www.cnb.gov.sg/

First set up in 1971, the Central Narcotics Bureau of Singapore (CNBS) is entrusted with co-ordinating all matters relating to the eradication of drug abuse and trafficking in Singapore. Unlike other countries, the CNBS is charged with both enforcement of drug laws and treatment of addicts, and appears to be a separate entity from the Singapore police. Singapore clearly takes the fight against drugs very seriously, and ultimately their goal is to make the country completely drug free.

Their strategy is based on enforcement, education, treatment and aftercare, apparently with some success. However the agency makes no secret of its rigorous attitude to enforcement, and many addicts are rehabilitated at the behest of the agency, rather than of their own accord. Singapore’s geographical proximity to China and the 'Golden Triangle' makes it a prime target for drug traffickers. Punishments for trafficking are intended as a deterrent, and are very severe, with death sentences meted out for relatively small amounts of drug possession.

The CNBS also co-ordinates with other national and international drug enforcement and intelligence agencies in order to share information with regard to the global fight against drugs.

National Narcotics Control Strategies and Security Plans

Name:

Anti-Drug Master Plan

Type:

Security/Preventive

Published Authority:

National Council against Drug Abuse

Date:

1994

Internet link:

www.drugfree.org.sg/aboutus/antidrug_master_plan.asp (Extract)

Publisher website:

www.drugfree.org.sg/Index.asp

Narcotics control regulations and laws

Name:

Misuse of Drugs Act (MDA)

Published Authority:

Parliament of Singapore

Date:

July 7, 1973

Internet link:

statutes.agc.gov.sg/non_version/cgi-bin/cgi_retrieve.pl?&actno=Reved-185&date=latest&method=part

Publisher website:

www.parliament.gov.sg/

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

Type:

Non-governmental

Contact/Address:

393 New Bridge Road
Singapore
088763

Tel: 6325 6504
Website: www.drugfree.org.sg/Index.asp

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)

Type:


Non-governmental

Contact/Address:

2 Sengkang
Square #05-01,
Sengkang Community Club
Singapore 545025

Tel: 6732 1122
Email: sana@sana.org.sg
Website: www.sana.org.sg/

SANA is a voluntary association that aims to provide assistance and rehabilitation for drug addicts in Singapore.