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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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Household Survey on the Nature and Extent of Drug Abuse in the Philippines

The project, “The Household Survey on the Nature and Extent of Drug Abuse in the Philippines,” was conducted to determine the nature and extent of drug abuse in the country after the enactment of RA 9165.  More specifically, it tried to ascertain the number and national estimates of lifetime prevalent and current users in the country.

A Rapid Assessment on Nalbuphine Hydrochloride Abuse in Metro Manila and Cebu City

This study delves deeper on the reason/s for continued Nalbuphine Hydrochloride abuse in Cebu City and also Metro Manila.  Primary sources of data were self-confessed Nalbuphine Hydrochloride users confined in the different rehabilitation centers in Cebu City and one in Metro Manila.  Law enforcement officials and the heads of rehabilitation centers under study served as secondary sources of data.  Documentary analysis of existing information on Nalbuphine Hydrochloride abuse was also utilized in the study.

A Study on Drug Use among Selected Children in the Philippines

This study was carried out as one of the activities under the Dangerous Drugs Board project, Integrated Drug Abuse Data Information Network. This is in line with the UNODC F-97 project, “Improving ATS Data and Information Systems.”

The study determined the nature of drug abuse among selected children ages 17 and below using both qualitative and quantitative research methods.  This was undertaken in Metro Manila, Cebu, Olongapo, and San Pablo City.

Specifically, the study analyzed the following:

  1. The demographic characteristics of selected community-based (living with family) street-based (living on the street) and center-based (confined in the institution) children 17 years of age and below who have tried drugs or have continued using drugs.
  2. Children’s most commonly used or abused drugs.
  3. The perceived level of drug abuse problem in the barangay or areas frequented by the respondents.
  4. The consequences or contributing factors which led children to stay on streets.
  5. The hazards or the risks faced by children on the streets.

As evidenced by the findings of the study, the following represents the demographic characteristics of the respondents:

  • Mostly males, the youngest was 4 years, the oldest was 16 years while the mean or the average age was 13.5 years;
  • Those who were in the institutions were either abandoned or living with other children on the streets before they were brought to the centers.  For the community-based, they lived with their families in the slum areas.  As to the street children, they viewed the streets as their home or were forced to live on the streets after calamities (fire, typhoons, eruption of volcano) displaced their families.
  • The occupations of parents of these children were drivers, scavengers, and laundrywomen.  Others were jobless and plain housewives.  Their average daily income is Php 152.82 (USD 3.38).
  • As to education, majority of the children have reached elementary level.

On the Prevalence of Drug Abuse

Both the qualitative and quantitative data revealed the following:

Qualitative Research

Majority of the respondents who were utilized in the focus group discussions and key informant approach have tried drugs and were still using drugs prior to their admission/referral to the centers.  Curiosity, peer group pressure, and the desire to forget hunger or to forget problems were the reasons given for trying drugs. Inhalants, like solvents, were the first drugs tried by the respondents.

Quantitative Data

• Of the 316 respondents, 201 or 72.5% have tried drugs.  The distribution of respondents who have tried drugs are as follows: Metro Manila, 108 or (34.1%); Cebu, 71 (22.4%); Olongapo, 19 (6%); and San Pablo, 3 (1%). The highest prevalence of drug abuse is on those based on the centers or children brought to the centers due to drug abuse problem (36.5%).
• Inhalants like solvents were the first drugs tried by children belonging to the age group 12 and below; while Cannabis (Marijuana) and Methamphetamine Hydrochloride were abused by those belonging to age groups 13 up to 16 years.
• Peer pressure, curiosity and influence by an older or younger sibling were the reasons given for initial drug use.
• For those who have tried drugs, 40.3% (129) have continued to abuse drugs. With regard to drugs commonly abused, 14.37% admitted to have abused inhalants weekly while 7.81% continued to abuse Shabu 2-3 times a week.
• Peer group pressure, habitual drug use, and the need to forget hunger were the reasons given for their continued use of drugs.

On the Perceived Level of Drug Abuse in the Barangay

Majority of the respondents in the focus group discussions were aware that their barangays (smallest political unit) or the places they used to frequent have a drug abuse problem.

On Risks or Hazards Faced by Children on the Streets

As evidenced by the focus group discussions, the children were very much exposed to vices like drug abuse, and juvenile crimes like pick pocketing, shoplifting and snatching or in the case of females, prostitution.

Recommendations

Findings revealed that most of the children abusing drugs lived in slum areas. Thus, drug abuse prevention programs of the government, particularly of the Dangerous Drugs Board and other concerned agencies, should be focused on these areas.  Second, the results of the study pointed out to the hazards faced by children on the streets like being exposed to drugs and other vices. It is recommended that strict curfew hours for children aged 17 and below be implemented or if already existing, the same be strictly implemented.  Moreover, alternative programs or livelihood opportunities for these children as well as their families should be provided by the local government concerned.  Third, the government, particularly the Department of Education and the Department of Social Welfare and Development, should also look into the possibility of conducting a mobile schooling program on the high-risk areas frequented by the children.