The Dangerous Drugs Board would like to reiterate that what the government implements to address the country’s drug problem is a comprehensive five-pillar strategy composed of drug supply reduction, drug demand reduction, alternative development, civic awareness and response and regional and international cooperation.
Harm reduction policies, programs and practices have not been adopted as some of the components of this approach are in conflict with the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 or RA 9165. Needle and syringe exchange program, for instance, cannot be implemented in the country as the law prohibits the possession of equipment, instrument, apparatus and other drug paraphernalia for dangerous drugs.
Moreover, drug substitution is not an applicable program as opiates are not a major drug of abuse in the country.
Our efforts are focused on raising awareness on the evils of drugs through preventive education, empowering people to protect themselves from its harms through capacity building programs and bringing back as productive citizens those who have fallen prey to drug abuse through treatment and rehabilitation.