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DDB participates in INCB training to counter dangerous drugs trafficking

The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) attended the Project Ion Incident Communication System (IONICS) and Precursors Incident System (PICS) workshop, last 17-18 January 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Anti-drug campaign, not just about law enforcement – DDB

The Dangerous Drugs Board underscores that the country’s anti-drug campaign is based on a holistic, comprehensive and balanced approach.

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DDB gathers ASEAN Duty – Bearers for the Convention on Drug Abuse Prevention Education

The 1st ASEAN Convention on Drug Abuse Prevention Education begins today at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Quezon City.

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DDB leads nation in Drug Abuse Prevention and Control week celebration

The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), the country’s lead agency on drug abuse prevention and control, spearheads the celebration of the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control or DAPC Week from November 12-16, 2018.

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DDB welcomes signing of the Philippine Anti-Illegal Drugs Strategy Executive Order

The Dangerous Drugs Board welcomes the issuance of the Executive Order institutionalizing the implementation of the Philippine Anti-Illegal Drugs Strategy or the PADS. The policy directive was signed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on 29 October 2018.

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Philippines participation in the 6th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Drug Matters highlight government’s efforts in addressing the drug problem

Speaking in the presence of ASEAN Ministers, DDB Chairman (Secretary) Catalino Cuy emphasized the Philippine Government’s approach in addressing the drug problem. In a 15-minute speech delivered by the top official in Hanoi (Vietnam), it was highlighted that the Philippine Government uses a comprehensive and balanced approach on drug abuse prevention and control.

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Drug testing, mandatory for local elected officials

In line with the filing of candidacy for the 2019 elections, the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) encourages the aspiring candidates to submit to the mandatory drug testing once they become elected as local public officials.

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In continuous pursuit of its priorities, DDB welcomes recent pronouncements from the United Nations

Noting the recent statement of United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on the need for government to act on drug addiction, the Dangerous Drugs Board emphasizes its strategy to address the Philippines’ drug problem through a balanced and holistic approach.

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DDB Statement on the Ambush of PDEA Agents in Lanao del Sur

The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) condemns the ambush-slay of five agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Kapai, Lanao del Sur. In solidarity with the PDEA leadership, DDB Chairman (Secretary) Catalino Cuy expressed his great concern and deepest sympathy over the incident.

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PROFILE OF DRUG ABUSERS
(Facility Based)*
CY 2010

AGE : Mean age of 29 years
SEX : Ratio of male to female 9:1
CIVIL STATUS : Single 52.64%
STATUS OF EMPLOYMENT : Unemployed 33.73%
EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT : College Level 29.54%
ECONOMIC STATUS : Average Monthly Family Income Php 17,545.14
PLACE OF RESIDENCE : Urban (Specifically NCR 43.75%)
DURATION OF DRUG - TAKING : More than six (6) years
NATURE OF DRUG - TAKING : Poly drug use**
DRUGS/SUBSTANCES OF ABUSE :
                                        Methamphetamine Hydrochloride (Shabu)
                                        Cannabis (Marijuana)
                                        Inhalants (Contact Cement Adhesive)

*Residential and Out-Patient Facilities
**Poly drug users - abuse of more than one (1) drug

DEMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS

       There were more male than female clients with a ratio of 9:1, with a mean age of 29 years old. The youngest center client was a 7 year old while the eldest was a 69 year old. The highest percentage belonged to age groups of 30 to 34 years old and 40 and above with 499 or 18.18%

       More than half of the center clients were single (52.64%) followed by married (28.31%), 11.62% had live in partners and 5.83% were separated prior to rehabilitation.

       As for educational attainment, 739 or 26.92% have reached high school level while 811 or 29.54% were able to reach college level.

       With regard to the status of employment, 33.73% were unemployed and 18.47% were either skilled or unskilled workers prior to their stay in the centers. Their average monthly family income is Php 17,545.14.

REPORTED CASES BY GENDER
(Facility Based)*
CY 2010

                                                   MALE             FEMALE     GRAND TOTAL
TYPE OF ADMISSION No. % No. % No. %
NEW ADMISSIONS 1,798 65.50 223 8.12 2,021 73.62
RE-ADMISSIONS 457 16.65 29 1.06 486 17.70
OUT-PATIENT 209 7.61 29 1.06 238 8.67
TOTAL 2,464 89.76 281 10.24 2,745 100.00

* Total Reported Cases from Residential and Out-Patient Facilities

DRUG ABUSE TREND: 2010 ANALYSIS

       For the year 2010, thirty-nine (39) residential treatment and three (3) outpatient facilities contributed data to the Integrated Drug Abuse Data and Information Network (IDADIN). These facilities reported a total 2,745 cases. Of this number, 73.62% or 2,021 were new admission, 17.70% or 486 were relapse cases and 8.67% or 238 were referrals from outpatient facilities.

       A 7.29% decrease was recorded from previous year. The decline may be due to the following reasons: people cannot afford the cost of treatment as most of the clients belong to the low income group; and the stereotype “denial syndrome” common among drug dependents, where they insist that they are in control of their drug-taking behavior and that any form of treatment. On the other hand, the intensified operations conducted by the law enforcement against pushers and drug traffickers may have contributed to the decline.

MOST COMMONLY USED/ABUSED DRUGS/SUBSTANCES
(Facility Based)*
CY 2010

DRUGS USED / ABUSED NEW ADMISSION RE-ADMISSION OUT-PATIENT GRAND TOTAL % based on the total number of responses (3,463) % based on the total number of admissions (2,745)
1. Methamphetamine Hydrochloride(Shabu) 1,354 423 152 1,929 55.70 70.27
2. Cannabis (Marijuana) 777 161 126 1,064 30.72 38.76
3. Inhalants (Contact Cement, Adhesive) 123 9 13 145 4.19 5.28
4. Benzodiazepines (Diazepam) 58 34 1 93 2.69 3.39
5. Cocaine 36 16 1 53 1.53 1.93
6. Cough / Cold Preparations 42 10   52 1.50 1.89
7. Nalbuphine Hydrochloride 41 8   49 1.41 1.79
MDMA (Ecstasy) 36 13   49 1.41 1.79
8. Solvent 7   1 8 0.23 0.29
9. Ketamine 4     4 0.12 0.15

* Total Reported Cases from Residential and Out-Patient Facilities


       Methamphetamine Hydrochloride commonly known as “shabu”, is still the most abused substance with reports of 1,929 cases, followed by Cannabis or Marijuana with 1,064 cases. Abuse of Contact Cement and other inhalants with 145 cases was also noted. The nature of drug taking remained to be poly-drug use The routes of administration are inhalation or sniffing and oral ingestion.