Statement of the DDB on the change of leadership in the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

The Dangerous Drugs Board welcomes the assumption of new PDEA Director General Wilkins Villanueva after Malacañang released his appointment signed last 22 May 2020. Incoming DG Villanueva has been a steadfast partner of DDB even during his early years as career officer of PDEA. DDB has involved him in many of its anti-drug efforts particularly in policy formulation and strategy development aspects which helped craft many of its inter-agency priorities all these years. Recognizing him as the 7th Director-General of PDEA, DDB intends to engage more closely and deepen the collaboration with his leadership noting that he will become an Ex-Officio Member of the Board.

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DDB Eases the Use of Prescription Forms for Dangerous Drugs

The Dangerous Drugs Board now allows the use of ordinary prescription for medical preparations containing dangerous drugs.

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DDB advocates for the use of electronic prescription for dangerous drugs medication

The Dangerous Drugs Board appeals to doctors, pharmacists, and drug store personnel to consider the use of electronic prescription for medicines included in the list of dangerous drugs as the whole country is under a State of Calamity due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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DDB, SDA Church hold program to update health directors on the Philippine Anti-Illegal Drugs Strategy (PADS) and board regulations

The Dangerous Drugs Board, in collaboration with the Southern Asia-Pacific Division of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, convenes Luzon-based health directors of the religious group to update them on the Philippine Anti-Illegal Drugs Strategy (PADS) and relevant DDB regulations.

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DDB clarifies: CBD is not cannabis per se

The Dangerous Drugs Board would like to clarify that marijuana use remains illegal in the country for both recreational and medical use. The use of Cannabidiol, however, is being considered to be allowed for treatment of certain rare forms of epilepsy like Lennox-Gastaut and Dravet Syndrome.

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DDB, DOST-FNRI launch dietary manuals for Persons Who Use Drugs (PWUDs)

The Dangerous Drugs Board and the Department of Science and Technology-Food and Nutrition Research Institute, officially launch three dietary manuals to be used in Treatment and Rehabilitation Centers (TRCs) in the Philippines.

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DDB, DOST-FNRI to launch dietary manuals for Persons Who Use Drugs (PWUDs)

The Dangerous Drugs Board and the Department of Science and Technology-Food and Nutrition Research Institute, will officially launch three dietary manuals to be used in Treatment and Rehabilitation Centers (TRCs) in the Philippines.

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PRRD reappoints Cuy as Chairperson of DDB

Secretary Catalino S. Cuy was given a fresh mandate as the Chairperson of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB).

This was confirmed after President Rodrigo Duterte signed his reappointment papers on 21 January 2020. Secretary Cuy was first appointed at the DDB in January 2018 serving the remainder of the term of his predecessor.

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DDBā€™s response to the recommendations of the Vice President on the campaign against illegal drugs

The Dangerous Drugs Board notes the recommendations of Vice President Leni Robredo on the anti-drug campaign. The agency keeps in mind the ultimate goal of establishing drug-free communities as a serious commitment of the Duterte Administration.

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2012 Nationwide Survey on the Current Nature and Extent of Drug Abuse in the Philippines

Survey 2012 1This study is a collaborative research between the DDB and the Philippine Normal University. It was conducted to determine the current nature and extent of drug abuse in the country.

The survey sampled a total of 10, 752 respondents ranging from ages 10 to 69 years old, identified through a proportional sampling. A total of 256 sites served as study areas. Multi-stage sampling technique was employed in selecting the study sites which included 17 regions, 43 provinces, 42 capitals, 86 municipalities/cities, 137 urban and 119 rural barangays. The data gathering was conducted from end of October 2012 to March 2013.Survey 2012 2

Based on the study, it was estimated that there could be 1.3 Million current drug users. The estimate was derived using the 2012 NSCB projected population of age 10-69 which is 72, 735, 094.


An Assessment on the Implementation of the DDB Policy on the Inclusion of at least 5% Mustard Oil Content on Toluene-Based Contact Cement

The  collection  of  data  was  conducted through  questionnaires  and  interviews  with the  implementers  and  from  the  selected lists  of  licensed  stakeholders  (importers, manufacturers,  retailers  and  end  users provided  by  PDEA  in  the  following  areas: Caloocan,  Manila,  Malabon,  Mandaluyong, Muntinlupa,  Marikina,  Valenzuela,  Pasig, ParaƱaque, Taguig, Cavite and Rizal.  A total of two hundred sixty-one (261) respondents were interviewed.

Ninety-three percent (93%) of the respondents are aware that Toluene-Based Contact Cement is being abused.

Seventy-three  percent  (73%)  of  the  implementers  particularly  PDEA  are  very  much aware of  the  Policy  on  Toluene-Based  Contact  Cement.  Twenty  percent  (20%), however  of barangay  officials  are  not  aware  of  the  policy,  thirty  percent  (30%)  are aware on some extent and half of  the barangay officials interviewed have very limited awareness.  Hence,  barangay  officials  need  to  be  informed  and  be  educated  with  the said policy.

With the implementation of the policy, almost all of the respondents admitted that the quality of their finished products decreased and so is their profits/sales while the costs of their production increased.

The study also looked into the problems encountered by the implementers, as well as, stakeholders in the enforcement of the policy. Among the restraining factors mentioned were:

    • Lack of knowledge on the part of barangay officials
    • Lack of PDEA manpower to regularly monitor its implementation
    • Financial constraints of PDEA
    • Limited and poor information drive
    • Additional cost to the legitimate industry
    • Poor or low quality of the finished product produced
    • Decrease in profit and sales of the industry
    • Short shelf-life of the toluene-based contact cement with at least 5% mustard oil
    • Potential health hazard to the production workers

Findings have shown a decrease in the trend of abuse on toluene-based contact cement. However, inhalant abusers resorted to roof sealant as evidenced by the reports of the increase in its use.

Among the recommendations are the need to review some misleading provisions of the regulation and/or lessen if not replaced  the  mustard  oil  concentrations  in  toluene-based contact  cement  products  manufactured,  information  dissemination  to  better understand  the  policy especially  to  the  local  officials  who  enforce  the  law  and  all concerned stakeholders, including  production  workers  and  to  address  the  other emerging issues relating to the policy.