DDB welcomes additional budget for support to treatment and rehabilitation

The Dangerous Drugs Board expressed its gratitude to the House of Representatives for the additional P240 million budget for the establishment of community based treatment and rehabilitation facilities all over the country. This was included in House Bill 4228 or General Appropriations Act of 2020.

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DDB vows to support the implementation of recommendations presented during the nat’l drugs summit

The Dangerous Drugs Board, in partnership with the Supreme Court and Philippine Judicial Academy convened representatives of the executive, legislative and the judiciary for a National Summit on Dangerous Drugs Law last Thursday, October 3, at the Manila Hotel.

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DDB Lauds Filipino’s Support for the Anti-Illegal Drugs Campaign

The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) welcomes the latest SWS Survey showing an 82% satisfaction rate on the government’s campaign against illegal drugs in the country.

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DOST joins DDB, other government agencies in the implementation of PADS

The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) led the institutionalization of the Philippine Anti-Illegal Drugs Strategy to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through the Orientation-Workshop for DOST Central Office, Regional Offices, and Attached Agencies.

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In Photo: The Philippines officially accepts the chairmanship of the Treatment and Rehabilitation Cluster of the ASEAN Senior Officials on Drug Matters from Director General Dato’ Sri Zulkifli Bin Abdullah of the National Anti-Drugs Agency of Malaysia.

Senior officials from the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) are in Siem Reap, Cambodia for the 40th Meeting of ASEAN Senior Officials on Drug Matters (ASOD). The annual high-level discussion provides a platform for significant international and regional cooperation highlighting important aspects of the ASEAN Work Plan in Securing Communities Against Illicit Drugs. Concerns range from Law Enforcement, Preventive Education, Alternative Development, Treatment and Rehabilitation to Research.

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DDB convenes SK Federation Presidents in General Santos City

After the passage of the SK Reform Law, the Dangerous Drugs Board puts premium to drug abuse prevention education as a way of strengthening the commitment of the Sangguniang Kabataan in President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs.

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DDB Statement on the adoption of Iceland’s Resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council

The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) expresses its dismay at the ill-informed action of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to proceed with its preliminary investigation on the violations which have purportedly been committed by the Government of the Republic of the Philippines in the course of its campaign against illegal drugs.

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DDB recognizes secondary schools with outstanding anti-drug program for the youth

The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) holds an awarding ceremony to recognize winners of the Search for Outstanding Barkada Kontra Droga (BKD) implementers in secondary schools today, July 12, at Richmonde Hotel, Ortigas City.

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DDB statement on the UN Resolution to investigate alleged “drug killings” in the Philippines

The Dangerous Drugs Board denounces the draft resolution filed by Iceland at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) to investigate drug-related killings in the Philippines.

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(Facility based)
CY 2008

AGE : Mean age of 28 years
SEX : Ratio of male to female 9:1
OCCUPATION : Unemployed
ECONOMIC STATUS:Average monthly family income P15,064.72
PLACE OF RESIDENCE : Urban (specifically NCR)
DURATION OF DRUG TAKING : More than six (6) years
NATURE OF DRUG – TAKING : Poly drug use**
DRUGS 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



There were more male than female drug users with ratio of 9:1.  The youngest admitted case was aged 9 and the oldest, 70.  Majority were between 25 and 29 pegging the average age of drug dependents under rehabilitation at 28 years old.

Patients confessed of first experimenting on drugs at 15 to 19 years old, pointing to their peers as their primary source of illicit substance.  Regular pushers were relegated to secondary spot.

With regard to civil status, 57.23% were single; 25.16%, married; and 10.58%, with live-in partners.

As to occupational status, 33.92% were unemployed; 20.02%, workers; 9.78%, self-employed; and 9.27%, students.

Nearly 32% reached high school while 25.18%, college level.  Their average monthly family income was ₱15,064.72.


(Facility - Based)
CY 2008

                                                   MALE             FEMALE       GRAND TOTAL
NEW ADMISSIONS 1,951 55.33 246 6.98 2,197 62.31
READMISSIONS 526 14.92 38 1.08 564 16.00
OUT - PATIENT 689 19.54 76 2.16 765 21.70
T O T A L 3,166 89.79 360 10.21 3,526 100.00

* Total Reported Cases from Residential and Out-Patient Facilities



Drug abusers come from all walks of life, from different ages and from varied social backgrounds.  In 2008, a total of 3,526 clients were admitted from both the residential and out-patient facilities nationwide.  Of this, 62% or 2,197 were new admissions, 16% or 564 were relapse or readmitted cases, and 22% or 765 were referrals from the out-patient centers.

The National Capital Region (NCR) showed the highest percent distribution of cases with 1,964 or 55.70% of the total admission nationwide.  Region IV-A (CALABARZON) and Region III (Central Luzon) followed with 14.49% and 13.90% admission percentage respectively.


(Facility Based)
CY 2008

DRUGS USED / ABUSED NEW ADMISSIONS RE-ADMISSIONS OUT-PATIENT GRAND TOTAL % based on the total number of responses (4,751) % based on the total number of admissions (3,526)
1. Methamphetamine Hydrochloride(Shabu) 1,534 480 394 2,408 50.68 68.29
2. Cannabis (Marijuana) 1,020 244 436 1,700 35.78 48.21
3. Inhalants (Contact Cement Ex.: Rugby) 146 31 126 306 6.44 8.68
4. Benzodiazepines 92 21 6 119 2.50 3.37
5. Nalbuphine Hydrochloride (Nubain) 48 5   53 1.12 1.50
6. Cocaine 38 9 2 49 1.03 1.39
7. Cough / Cold Preparations 35 8   43 0.91 1.22
8. MDMA (Ecstasy) 27 9 1 37 0.78 1.05
9. Ketamine 10 1   11 0.23 0.31
10. Solvent 6 2 1 9 0.19 0.26

* Total Reported Cases from Residential and Out-Patient Facilities


Methamphetamine hydrochloride commonly known as “shabu” remained as the top drug of abuse with 2,408 cases (68.29%), followed by cannabis or marijuana with 1,700 (48.21%), and contact cement at 8.93% of the entire patient population.  The nature of drug taking was poly-drug use while the routes of administration were inhalation/sniffing and oral ingestion.


Admitted cases were down by 18% in 2008.  The decline may be attributed to:  1) financial constraints that confront families of drug users, 2) closure of some rehabilitation centers due to change in administration and some minor deficiencies that prevented them to operate, or sustain the operation, 3) stringent requirements for accreditation of centers by the Department of Health, 4) denial on the part of the family of drug dependents, and 5) relentless efforts of the government to eradicate the drug abuse problem.  This can be supported by the data on the increase of drugs seized and clandestine laboratories dismantled during the year.