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Seven scholars and experts of National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) visited Sindian Drug Abuser Treatment Center of Agency of Corrections and affirmed Agency’s promotion of the drug intervention with scientific evidence

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On June 12, 2019, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the CTBC Anti-Drug Educational Foundation jointly held the "Best Practice of Drug Courts and Multiple Intervention Programs", and especially invited the NADCP Scholars and experts to Taiwan. On the day before the programs (June 11), we arranged NADCP to be accompanied by the Deputy Director General of the Agency of Corrections, Wu Tze-Sheng and the Specialist Chen Yu-Heng to visit the Sindian Drug Abuser Treatment Center to learn about the practical situation of drug addiction intervention in Taiwan.

At the beginning, the Deputy Director General Wu explained to the foreign guests that the Agency of Correction has played a role in assisting the inmates of drug treatment in the national overall drug prevention. According to the statistics at the end of May in 2019, currently 30,426 inmates accounting for 48% of the total 62,881 inmates are accommodated in the Agency of Corrections for violating the Drug Prevention and Control Act, and 9,926 of the total inmates are only drug users, who account for about 33% of the accommodated inmates violating the Drug Prevention and Control Act. Therefore, it is imperative to seek an effective drug intervention to decrease the possibility that drug inmates may offend again in the future. Since 2018, the Agency of Corrections has been promoting the drug intervention with scientific evidence by referring to the 13 drug addiction treatment principles of “National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)” in the United States in order to reduce the number of drug reoffenders via an evidence-oriented model.

After having listened to all the relevant briefings by our Drug Abuser Treatment Center and visited around, the visiting guests not only affirmed the evidence-oriented approach in Taiwan, but also appreciated the various intervention such as life education, art therapy and family support programs and other activities promoted by our center and so has emphasized the US Drug Court the importance of multiple ways of intervention and the support from family. The most important purpose of all is to let drug abusers realize that instead of drugs, they can get "happiness" from many legitimate leisure activities.

William Alden, head of the NADCP, also shared that the Drug Enforcement Administration Educational Foundation of US Department of Justice's has also recognized the importance that teenagers from the elementary school to the junior high school should participate in the dances and the basketball camp promoted by the Foundation after school. Professional coaches have been hired to teach the teenagers about the skills of sports and also to have some propaganda about drug prevention and control at the same time, which could have much better influence than the dogmatic teaching in the classroom, for these teenagers could learn that they could have the joy of spiritual satisfaction and self-improvement through many the legitimate leisure activities when they were enjoying participating in the camps. As a result, we hoped that the Agency of Corrections would continue to take the intervention not just "scientifically" but also "diversely" to enhance the treatment effectiveness of drug addiction and to maximize the efficiency of prevention and correction with the limited resources we have.

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