PDEA wants drug testing for bus drivers

Posted at 03/03/13 11:31 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) advocates regular drug-testing for long-distance bus drivers after the recent arrest of two provincial bus drivers for use of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu).

In a statement, the PDEA asked the leaders of the transport sector “to adopt an effective and regular implementation of drug-testing, particularly on long-distance bus drivers.”

The PDEA request comes after two bus drivers were caught sniffing shabu inside an air-conditioned bus in Muntinlupa.

“These incidents prove that there is a prevailing practice of drug use among provincial bus drivers because of the nature of their work,” PDEA Director General Undersecrtary Arturo G. Cacdac Jr. said in the statement.

“They use dangerous drugs to stay awake, especially those driving the long haul or overnight,” he added.

The agency said they are hopeful that the transport sector will cooperate and encourage their members to submit to drug-testing.