Admission to drug treatment and rehabilitation centers to resume with strict health and safety protocols amid the pandemic
Adjusting to the “New Normal,” the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) adopted infection prevention and control protocol to be followed upon the resumption of admissions and activities in drug treatment and rehabilitation facilities nationwide.Read more ...
DDB issues policy to ensure availability of physicians authorized to assess substance use disorder amid the pandemic
The Dangerous Drugs Board, in its recent special meeting, approved a Resolution extending the validity of provisional accreditation granted to physicians authorized to conduct Drug Dependency Examination (DDE) for a period of two years.Read more ...
The Philippine Government takes exception to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Report, especially as it relates to Philippine efforts to effectively address the pervasive menace and destructive effects of illegal drugs in the country.
The Philippines calls on the OHCHR to foster a positive spirit of cooperation with States Parties, with the view of releasing an unbiased report based on facts, legitimate figures and continuing consultations with key anti-drug agencies in the Philippines.Read more ...
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.Read more ...
The Dangerous Drugs Board now allows the use of ordinary prescription for medical preparations containing dangerous drugs.Read more ...
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.Read more ...
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.Read more ...
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.Read more ...
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.Read more ...
This study is an offshoot of the alternative development plan of the Dangerous Drugs Board. Efforts to conduct an assessment study on marijuana was undertaken to determine the reasons for its cultivation and come up with sustainable livelihood alternatives for those who engaged in such illicit activity.
This was conducted in selected areas in three (3) regions representing Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. These are the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Region 7, and Region 10. Respondents were limited to inmates confined in city/municipality or provincial jails in selected regions charged for violation of Section 16 of R.A. 9165 and key informants from government agencies in the studied areas like the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, local government officials such as mayors, governors, local police and some residents (key informants) from barangays where marijuana cultivation sites were reported to exist.
The primary reason for the continued marijuana cultivation in the studied areas, despite the intensive eradication activities is poverty. It is recommended that the identified alternative livelihood in the study areas be given attention and consideration of the DDB Alternative Development Committee.
Based on the findings of the study, marijuana cultivation sites were identified to be in the far flung mountain barangays, hence, advocacy campaign against marijuana cultivation should be intensified especially in these areas. It is recommended that these activities be integrated in the barangay meetings, farmers association or cooperative assemblies, and in the local peace and order council meetings.
Addressing the marijuana cultivation problem involve not only the national government but the local government as well, hence, local government units in the identified regions with marijuana cultivation should be encouraged to allocate portion of their countryside development funds to alternative development programs. These include farming of alternative crops and engaging in livelihood programs; support to advocacy programs, conduct of eradication activities, and, orientations and trainings for local police and barangay officials assigned in the peace and order councils in the identified barangays.
This study was conducted to determine the current nature and extent of drug abuse in the Philippines.
Results of the survey show a decrease in the number of the drug-using population; the most is 1.7 million; far below the 6.7 million estimated in 2004.
The steep decline may be attributed to the intensified operations of the PDEA, PNPAIDSOTF, NBI, Bureau of Customs, other law enforcement agencies in arresting drug traffickers, and dismantling clandestine laboratories and chemical warehouses and continued drug demand reduction programs led by the Dangerous Drugs Board.
The study was conducted to determine the level of awareness of SK Chairmen on the extent of the drug abuse problem in their localities and in Metro Manila. They were asked during a lecture forum on their perceived number of users and pushers, drugs commonly abused, and presence of clandestine laboratories, programs being implemented and government agencies implementing such programs in their barangay and cities/municipalities.
- Of the total number of SK Chairmen in Metro Manila (1,684), 738 or 44% attended the lecture forum and were included as respondents of the study. The mean age is 16 years old, ratio of male to female is 1:1. Most of them are in high school.
- Of the total number of SK respondents, 80% perceived that there is a drug problem in their respective barangays; 92% in their city/municipality; and 86% in other cities/municipalities in Metro Manila.
- In terms of the respondentsâ€™ level of awareness of the drug problem in their locality, the obtained mean score of 2.10 indicated a â€˜fairly awareâ€™ rating. Of the total SK respondents, 81% are â€˜fairly awareâ€™ of the prevailing drug abuse problem in their localities and in Metro Manila.
- The respondents rated the extent of the drug problem in their barangay as â€˜moderately a problemâ€™ and perceived it as â€˜a serious problemâ€™ both in their city/municipality and in Metro Manila.
- The findings reflected only the perception and not the actual drug abuse situation in the barangays, cities and municipalities of the 44% of the 1,684 Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Chairmen of Metro Manila. To validate the findings of the study, conduct of a household survey in Metro Manila is recommended.
- Sangguniang Kabataan Chairmen, along with other elected SK officials, are among the governmentâ€™s valuable partner in implementing drug abuse prevention program for the youth. Hence, it is strongly recommended that leadership trainings, seminars on drug abuse prevention be provided to equip them with the necessary skills to be effective role models and advocates for the youth in their respective barangays, cities and municipalities.
This is an effort to identify and map out programs, services, modalities, clients, staffing patterns and resources and accessibility of drug treatment and rehabilitation centers in the Philippines.
Set in Metro Manila, this exploratory study aims to provide baseline information on the nature, characteristics and patterns of drug use among call center agents working in selected companies.
Respondents, purposively chosen, are call center agents in selected call centers in Metro Manila with and without experience in taking drugs. Twenty â€“six call center agents doing the night shift between 6 in the evening to 3 in the morning of the following day were interviewed. A Focus Group Discussion (FGD) was also conducted with call center coaches and supervisors to gather other pertinent information.
Based on the findings, it was concluded that drug use is common among call center agents. However, most of those who have tried drugs and were using it before their employment at the call centers have stopped for fear of losing their jobs or being caught.
There are some call center agents who are on drugs but compared to other professions, they are less in number. Strict measures in security implemented by the different call centers may have largely contributed to the prevention of drug use inside the call centers.
It was recommended that even if the number of drug users among call center agents is low, a drug prevention program must still be implemented. The deployment of law enforcement agents around call center companies should be made to ensure drug-free workplaces. Regular drug abuse seminars should also be conducted to remind agents of the dangers of drug abuse.
This is a follow-up of a similar study conducted in 2005. This was undertaken to determine the incidence of Nalbuphine Hydrocholoride abuse in the country and serve as basis for policy formulation. Both the qualitative and quantitative research tools were employed in the study utilizing documentary analysis, key informant approach and focus group discussions (FGDs) with the target respondents.
Data gathering activities were undertaken in Cebu City and Zamboanga City.
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.
Announcements and Advisory
- Advisory for July 28, 2020
- Advisory for July 2, 2020
- Online Application for Certification and Exemption Information System
- On the use of Ordinary Prescription Forms in prescribing dangerous drugs during the duration of the State of Public Health Emergency under Proclamation No. 922
- Amendment of advisory dated 18 March 2020 with the subject, "Use of Electronic Prescription for Dangerous Drugs during the duration of the State of Calamity pursuant to Proclamation No. 929 of the Office of the President"