DDB to intensify anti-drug campaign overseas, enters into an agreement with CFO

The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) and the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) sealed its partnership with a memorandum of agreement signed yesterday.

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DDB moves to strengthen drug-free workplace policies to cover local government units

Taking President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s marching order to intensify anti-illegal drug efforts during the recent State of the Nation Address, the Dangerous Drugs Board has taken proactive steps in strengthening the implementation of the drug free workplace policy by reiterating the one strike provision for dismissal that will be imposed upon government workers who are found positive for using illegal drugs.

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DDB bent on implementing stringent sanction for public officials and employees involved in illegal drugs

The Dangerous Drugs Board reiterates to government officials and employees the stricter sanction set for those in the public sector who will be involved in illegal drugs.

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DDB encourages newly-elected SK officials to participate in the anti-drug campaign

About 100 Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) members and Pederasyon Presidents from different cities and provinces across the country were gathered in a three-day summit at Hive Hotel, Quezon City.

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DDB Chair Cuy pushes for the amendment of RA 9165

Speaking before the trainers and participants of the ASEAN Training on Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC) on Substance Use held last week, DDB Chairman Secretary Catalino S. Cuy highlighted the need to allocate a “substantial” amount of the local government resources for the anti-drug campaign and advocacy.

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Drug testing, not the only way to avert drug dependency among students – DDB

In light of issues on random drug testing in schools, the Dangerous Drugs Board reminded agencies that it should not be a stand-alone drug prevention strategy.

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DDB and DILG partner to strengthen anti-drug abuse councils

The Dangerous Drugs Board ties up with the Department of the Interior and Local Government in the conduct of Training and Orientation on Strengthening Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (ADACs).

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Philippines, other UN member states celebrate IDADAIT 2018

The Philippines, through the Dangerous Drugs Board and the local government of Compostela Valley spearheaded the celebration of International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (IDADAIT) 2018 on June 26 at the Provincial Capitol, Barangay Cabidianan, Nabunturan, Compostela Valley Province.

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Philippines hosts drug prevention training for ASEAN member states

The ASEAN Training on Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC) formally began its opening ceremony today, June 25, at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City.

The Philippines, through the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) and ASEAN Training Center for Preventive Drug Education (ATCPDE) hosts the 5-day training-workshop from June 25-29, 2018.

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(Facility Based)*
CY 2013

     AGE : Mean age of  30 years
     SEX : Ratio of male to female 13:1
     CIVIL STATUS : Single 50.52%
     STATUS OF EMPLOYMENT : Unemployed  42.74%
     EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT : College Level 32%
     ECONOMIC STATUS : Average Monthly Family Income Php 15,671
     PLACE OF RESIDENCE : Urban (Specifically NCR  51.29%)
     DURATION OF DRUG - TAKING : More than six (6) years
     NATURE OF DRUG - TAKING : Poly drug use**
                                        Methamphetamine Hydrochloride (Shabu)
                                        Cannabis (Marijuana)
                                        Inhalants (Contact Cement Adhesive)

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

(Facility Based)*
CY 2013

 No.  %  No.  No.  %
 NEW ADMISSION  2,430  74.40  188  5.76  2,618  80.16
 RE-ADMISSION  428  13.10  18  0.55  446  13.66
 OUT-PATIENT  169  5.17  33  1.01  202  6.18
 TOTAL  3,027 92.68   239  7.32  3,266  100.00

*  Total Reported Cases from Residential and Out-Patient Facilities

CY 2013

A total of 3,266 admissions were reported for the year under review.  Of this number, 2,618 were first time admissions, 446 were relapsed cases or re-admitted either in the same or different facility and 202 had sought treatment to an out-patient facility. These cases were based from the reports submitted by thirty-one (31) residential and one (1) out-patient facilities nationwide.  

Around ninety-three percent (92.68%) of the admitted cases were males and seven percent (7.32%) were females. The ratio of male to female is 10:1.

Of the total admission, both age groups of 30-34 and 40 and above reported at more than nineteen percent (19.38% and 19.35%)  while more than seventeen percent (17.64%) were those in the 25-29 age bracket.  The average age is 30 years old.

Half of the admitted cases were single (50.52%), while thirty-three percent (32.61%) were married. Seventeen percent (16.87%) reported to have live-in partners or separated, widow/er and divorced.
Based on the educational attainment, thirty-two percent (32%) of the center clients comprised those who have reached college level, followed by those who reached high school with twenty-five percent (24.56%) and who finished high school at fifteen percent (15.06%).

The average monthly family income among center clients is P 15,671.  The lowest monthly income was reported to be five hundred pesos (P 500).

Of the total admission from various treatment facilities, more than forty percent (42.74%) were unemployed, twenty-seven percent (26.55%) were workers/employees, seventeen percent (16.78%) were businessman/self-employed and the rest were OSY and students with almost 14 percent (13.93%).

As to the area of residence, fifty-one percent (51.29%) were residing in the National Capital Region (NCR) prior to their admission to rehabilitation.  Seventeen percent (16.84%) came from Region IV-A, followed by Region III with fourteen percent (14.45%).  

Sixty-three percent (63.17%) of the clients reported that peers/friends were their primary source of drugs and thirty-one percent (30.77%) were pushers.  

As to drug of use, eighty-three percent (83.50%) reported methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) as their drugs/substances of abuse, followed by Cannabis (marijuana, brownies, seeds, hashish) with twenty eight percent (28.02%) and inhalants specifically contact cement adhesive (rugby) with three percent (3.18%).  Other drugs/substances of abuse include solvent, cocaine, benzodiazepines, MDMA (ecstasy),  nalbuphine hydrochloride (nubain), cough/cold preparations and ketamine.

There was an increase in admission from 2012 to 2013 by nineteen percent (19.02%). The reasons to this increase may be attributed to the following: the anti-drug abuse council of the local government units has become active in the anti-drug campaign in their localities; drug dependents go for voluntary confinement because the parents/guardians became supportive of them; rehabilitation programs and methodology were improved and the awareness of the people have increased on anti-drugs laws because of proper dissemination of information and the media.