The survey determined the nature and extent of drug abuse in selected high-risk regions of the Philippines namely, the National Capital Region (NCR), Region 3, 4 and 7. Identification of drug affected barangays was undertaken in coordination with law enforcement agencies while data gathering activities were done in collaboration with the Local Government Units (LGUs) in the survey regions/areas.
A total of 12,431 persons belonging to the 10-44 age bracket representing 4, 144
households served as respondents of the survey.
Results revealed high risk groups to be workers, students, self employed, and out-ofschool youth.
This study determined the quantity or amount of Shabu being consumed by regular users prior to their admission to the rehabilitation centers. Specifically, it ascertained the amount or quantity of Shabu consumed by selected regular users in four (4) selected government rehabilitation centers â€“ CUREDD in Bicutan, Taguig and Cebu, the NBI TRC in Tagaytay and the Central Luzon Drug Rehabilitation Center (CLDRC) in Magalang, Pampanga. Respondents were asked on their frequency of use per month; usual or regular quantity consumed per month in grams, and the average amount of shabu consumed per month in grams.
A total of 2,179 regular users of Shabu confined in the study sites served as respondents. Asked on the frequency of drug use, 46.9% of the respondents admitted to have used Shabu 3 to 5 times a week, 30.1% daily and 14% used it 2 to 5 times a week.
As for the quantity of Shabu consumed per month in grams, 41.4% of the total respondents admitted to have consumed 4 grams or less of shabu per month and 23.2% from 5 to 9 grams.
Results further revealed that the minimum quantity consumed in grams per month is .3 grams as admitted by 3% of the respondents while the maximum consumption per month is 105 grams, as consumed by 0.1% of the respondents. The usual amount consumed per month was 4 grams and the average was 8.5 grams.
It was recommended that drug abuse prevention workers be encouraged to focus their efforts not only on the prevention of new cases but also on the formulation and development of programs/projects geared towards relapse prevention.