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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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PHILIPPINES TO ASSUME AS CHAIR OF THE TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION CLUSTER OF THE ASEAN SENIOR OFFICIALS ON DRUG MATTERS

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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DDB includes plants that are sources of drugs, and GBL in the list of dangerous drugs

The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) has updated the list of dangerous drugs during its 184th regular meeting last Thursday, June 27, at the DDB headquarters.

Presided by DDB Chairman Secretary Catalino Cuy, Board Members agreed to include plants that contain or are sources of substances listed in the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1971 Single Convention on Psychotropic Substances and those classified by the Board as dangerous drugs.

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DDB, other government agencies, kicks off IDADAIT celebration in Bataan

About 3,000 youth anti-drug advocates joined the kickoff celebration of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (IDADAIT) in Balanga City, Bataan last Saturday, June 22.

Spearheaded by the Dangerous Drugs Board, Provincial Government of Bataan, and Department of Health Treatment and Rehabilitation Center Bataan, the celebration commenced with an opening program, followed by a fun run, and an anti-drug concert.

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Provincial government of Bataan to host IDADAIT 2019 celebration

The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) in partnership with the provincial government of Bataan, gears up for the national celebration of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (IDADAIT) on June 22, in Balanga City, Bataan.

With the theme “Katarungan para sa Kalusugan, Kalusugan para sa Katarungan,” the DDB and the provincial government of Bataan enlist the participation of youth and young professionals, including barangay anti-drug abuse councils, Non-Government Organizations and other government agencies in cultivating a healthy and drug-free lifestyle.
 
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REPORTED CASES BY TYPE OF ADMISSION AND GENDER
(Facility Based)*
CY 2015
 
TYPE OF ADMISSION MALE FEMALE GRAND TOTAL
No. % No.  % No. %
NEW ADMISSION 4,010 74.23 315 5.83 4,325 80.06
RE-ADMISSION 1,031 19.09 46 0.85 1,077 19.94
TOTAL 5,041 93.32 361 6.68 5,402 100.00

* Total Reported Cases from Residential Facilities

 

PROFILE OF DRUG ABUSERS
(Facility Based)*
CY 2015

• AGE : Mean age of 31 years
• SEX : Ratio of male and female 14:1
• CIVIL STATUS : Single 49.13%
• STATUS OF EMPLOYMENT : Unemployed 53.20%
• EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT : College Level 28.34%
• ECONOMIC STATUS : Average Monthly Family Income Php 10,172.00
• PLACE OF RESIDENCE : Urban (specifically NCR 43.89%)
• 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)
Cocaine
*Residential Facilities
**Poly drug users – abuse of more than one (1) drug

 

STATISTICAL ANALYSIS
CY 2015

A total of five thousand four hundred-two (5,402) admissions are reported by the different facilities nationwide. Of this number, four thousand three hundred twenty-five (4,325) are new admissions, one thousand seventy-seven (1,077) are relapsed or re-admitted cases from either the same or different facilities. There are, however, no reported out-patient cases for this year. These are based from the reports submitted by thirty-one (31) residential facilities nationwide.

An increase of thirty percent (29.86%) admission compared from the previous year was noted which may be brought about by the following: Intensified advocacy program of the government to convince families to love and support those who have drug problems and need to undergo treatment and rehabilitation; the continuous improvement of treatment and rehabilitation programs, methodologies, facilities and service; and conduct of In- house seminars and dialogues to better serve those who need interventions.

On the other hand, the intensified operations conducted by the law enforcement that led to the increasing arrests of users for rehabilitation may also be attributed to the increase of admission to the treatment and rehabilitation facilities


Demographic Characteristics

Around ninety-three percent (93.32%) of the admitted cases are males and seven percent (6.68%) are females. The ratio of male to female is 14:1 with a mean age of 31 years old. The youngest is 10 years old while the eldest is 67 years old, and the highest percentage belongs to age group of 30 – 34 years old with one thousand ninety-three cases (1,093) and with an equivalent to twenty percent (20.23%).

Almost half of the total admitted cases are single, with forty-nine percent(49.13%) followed by married with a total percent of thirty-four (34.08), while the rest is almost seventeen percent (16.79%) represents live-in, widow/er, separated and divorced.

Based on the educational attainment, twenty-eight percent (28.34%) of the center clients comprised those who have reached college level, followed by those who reached high school with twenty-three percent (23.12%) and those who have finished high school at eighteen percent (18.35%).

The average monthly family income among center clients is ten thousand one hundred seventy-two pesos (Php10,172.00).

Of the total admission from various treatment facilities, fifty-three percent (53.20%) are unemployed, twenty percent (19.77%) are skilled/unskilled workers, and seven percent (6.94%) are out–of-school youth.

Almost forty-four percent (43.89%) of the reported cases are residing in the National Capital Region (NCR) prior to their rehabilitation, while eighteen percent (18.59%) and seventeen percent (17.27%) come from Region IV-A and Region IV-B respectively.

As to the age when the client first tried to use drugs, around forty-nine percent (48.85%) of the reported cases belong to the age group of 15-19 years old. Almost fifty-nine percent (58.52%) have taken drugs 2 – 5 times a week while twenty-one percent (20.64%) take it on a daily basis.


Most Commonly Abused Drugs

Methamphetamine Hydrochloride (shabu) remains to be the primary drug of abuse among center clients with ninety-seven percent (96.74%) of the total admission, followed by Cannabis (Marijuana) at around twenty-five percent (24.94%) and Cocaine with one percent (1.11%). The nature of drug taking remained to be poly-drug user.

The routes of administration are inhalation/sniffing and oral ingestion.