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DDB Statement on the latest remarks of Vice President Robredo

The Dangerous Drugs Board is saddened by the remarks of Vice President Leni Robredo citing that the anti-drug campaign must be stopped and referring to it as a failure.

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DDB Executive Director elected as chair of the Heads of Drug Law Enforcement Agencies for Asia and the Pacific meeting

The Dangerous Drugs Board is pleased to announce the election of Undersecretary Earl Saavedra as Chair of the Heads of Drug Law Enforcement Agencies for Asia and the Pacific (HONLEA) during its 43rd Session in Bangkok, Thailand.

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DDB welcomes additional budget for support to treatment and rehabilitation

The Dangerous Drugs Board expressed its gratitude to the House of Representatives for the additional P240 million budget for the establishment of community based treatment and rehabilitation facilities all over the country. This was included in House Bill 4228 or General Appropriations Act of 2020.

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DDB vows to support the implementation of recommendations presented during the nat’l drugs summit

The Dangerous Drugs Board, in partnership with the Supreme Court and Philippine Judicial Academy convened representatives of the executive, legislative and the judiciary for a National Summit on Dangerous Drugs Law last Thursday, October 3, at the Manila Hotel.

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DDB Lauds Filipino’s Support for the Anti-Illegal Drugs Campaign

The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) welcomes the latest SWS Survey showing an 82% satisfaction rate on the government’s campaign against illegal drugs in the country.

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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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PROFILE OF DRUG ABUSERS
(Facility Based)*
CY 2012

AGE : Mean age of 29 years
SEX : Ratio of male to female 10:1
CIVIL STATUS : Single 52.11%
STATUS OF EMPLOYMENT : Unemployed 38.67%
EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT : College Level 32.22%
ECONOMIC STATUS : Average Monthly Family Income Php 15,789
PLACE OF RESIDENCE : Urban (Specifically NCR 47.70%)
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)
                                           Inhalants (Contact Cement Adhesive)

* Residential and Out-Patient Facilities
** Poly drug users - abuse of more than one (1) drug

DEMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS

       There were more males than female clients, ratio of 10:1. The mean age remained to be 29 years old, youngest, is 8 years old while the eldest is 73 years old. The highest percentage belongs to age group of 30 to 34 with 566 or 20.63%.

       More than half of the center clients are single (52.11%) followed by married (27.88%), 14.83% with live-in partners and 3.97% were separated prior to rehabilitation.

       As to educational attainment, 701 or 25.55% have reached high school while 884 or 32.22% were able to reach college level.

       With regard to the status of employment, 38.67% were unemployed and 17.09% were either skilled or unskilled workers prior to their stay in the centers. Their average monthly family income is Php 15,789.


REPORTED CASES BY GENDER
(Facility Based)*
CY 2012

                                                    MALE             FEMALE       GRAND TOTAL
TYPE OF ADMISSION No. % No. % No. %
NEW ADMISSION 1,990 72.52 202 7.36 2,192 79.88
RE-ADMISSION 377 13.74 27 0.98 404 14.72
OUT-PATIENT 125 4.56 23 0.84 148 5.39
TOTAL 2,492 90.82 252 9.18 2,744 100.00

* Total Reported Cases from Residential and Out-Patient Facilities

CY 2012 ANALYSIS

       For the year 2012, twenty-nine (29) residential treatment and one (1) outpatient facilities reported to the Integrated Drug Abuse Data and Information Network (IDADIN). These facilities reported a total admission of 2,744 drug cases. Of this number, 79.88% or 2,192 were new admission, 14.72% or 404 were relapse cases and 5.39% or 148 were referrals from outpatient facilities.

       A decrease of 9.74% was recorded from previous year which can be attributed to the following reasons: financial constraints encountered by families with drug dependents, strict implementation of law, and diversion to other forms of vices such as gambling, computer games, etc.


MOST COMMONLY USED/ABUSED DRUGS/SUBSTANCES
(Facility Based)*
CY 2012

DRUGS USED / ABUSED NEW ADMISSION RE-ADMISSION OUT-PATIENT GRAND TOTAL % based on the total number of responses (3,472) % based on the total number of admissions (2,744)
1. Methamphetamine Hydrochloride(Shabu) 1,734 377 56 2,167 62.41 78.97
2. Cannabis (Marijuana) 772 128 34 934 26.90 34.04
3. Inhalants (Contact Cement, Adhesive) 108 3 18 129 3.72 4.70
4. Solvent 39 2 13 54 1.56 1.97
5. Cocaine 33 18   51 1.47 1.86
6. Benzodiazepines (Diazepam) 35 14   49 1.41 1.79
7. MDMA (Ecstasy) 20 9 1 30 0.86 1.09
8. Nalbuphine Hydrochloride (Nubain) 14 3   17 0.49 0.62

* Reported Cases from Residential and Out-Patient Facilities

       Methamphetamine Hydrochloride commonly known as “Shabu” is the number one drug of abuse with 2,167 cases, followed by Cannabis or Marijuana with 934 cases. Abuse of Contact Cement like rugby with 129 cases was also noted. The nature of drug taking remained to be poly-drug use.

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

 

Statistics

The Statistics Section is the one responsible for the collection, encoding, processing, analysis, presentation and monitoring of statistical data and information through the Integrated Drug Abuse Data and Information Network (IDADIN) gathered from various stakeholders, as baseline data for policy formulation and development of programs to address the drug abuse problem in the country.

Click the year to see the profile of drug users including demographics, reported cases by gender and the statistical analysis for the period.

*Data does not include reports from law enforcement agencies.

2018 Statistics

Profile of Drug Abusers (Facility Based)
Demographics Characteristics
Reported Cases by Gender (Facility Based)
Analysis

2017 Statistics

Profile of Drug Abusers (Facility Based)
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2016 Statistics

Profile of Drug Abusers (Facility Based)
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2015 Statistics

Profile of Drug Abusers (Facility Based)
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2014 Statistics

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2013 Statistics

Profile of Drug Abusers (Facility Based)
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2012 Statistics

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2011 Statistics

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2010 Statistics

Profile of Drug Abusers (Facility Based)
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2009 Statistics

Profile of Drug Abusers (Facility Based)
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2008 Statistics

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2007 Statistics

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2006 Statistics

Profile of Drug Abusers (Facility Based)
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2005 Statistics

Profile of Drug Abusers (Facility Based)
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2004 Statistics

Profile of Drug Abusers (Facility Based)
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2003 Statistics

Profile of Drug Abusers (Facility Based)
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2002 Statistics

Profile of Drug Abusers (Facility Based)
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Mobile Research-Based Drug Schooling Program for Selected High Risk Groups

This project aimed to develop a research-based drug abuse prevention modular program for identified high-risk groups such as commercial sex workers, guest relation officers and other selected workers. The result was a four (4) module research based comprehensive schooling program addressing the needs of target beneficiaries.

Perceptions of Selected Respondents on the Land Transportation’s Office (LTO) Mandatory Drug Testing Program as a Requirement for the Application and Renewal of Driver’s Licenses

The characteristics and perceptions of selected respondents regarding mandatory drug testing program of the Land Transportation Office were elicited in this study. A total of 1,126 new and renewal applicants for driver’s license from selected areas in Metro Manila, Southern Tagalog, Bicol, Central and Northern Mindanao were included as respondents for the study.

Findings:

    • Most of the subjects were males, with a mean age of 35.5, the youngest was 19, the oldest was 67. Sixty-seven percent (67%) of them were issued professional driver’s licenses.
    • 76.6% were in favor of the mandatory drug test as a requirement for the application of a driver’s license;
    • 11% among the respondents perceived the mandatory drug testing program as an effective tool in reducing the number of traffic-related accidents and violence. 47.8% regarded the program fairly effective citing the once every three years scheduled conduct of the drug testing. 13.1% said it would never be effective.
    • 70% of the respondents were willing to undergo counseling and rehabilitation if it will become LTO’s policy not to issue or renew licenses for those found positive for drugs.
    • 57% of the respondents were in favor of the continued implementation of the mandatory drug test provided that some modifications be implemented to strengthen the program.
    • Analysis of the data on traffic-related accidents and violence obtained from the traffic management bureaus, before and after the mandatory program was implemented, revealed no impact in reducing the number of occurrences of traffic-related accidents and violence. Majority of the traffic accidents and violence were more likely brought by the continued registration of new vehicles, urbanization/modernization and undisciplined drivers, which caused traffic congestions and sometimes, resulted to traffic accidents and violence.


An Analysis of Amphetamine Type Stimulants (ATS) Abuse among Center Clients Reported by Various Rehabilitation Centers Nationwide

This study analyzed the emergence and trends of ATS abuse, and the profile of users. Documentary analysis of existing data taken from the DDB Annual Reports and other related literature was utilized in the review.

Findings:

  • ATS first appeared in the country in 1983, but it was only in 1986 when the first case was recorded by the DDB Central Screening and Referral Unit. In 1988, the cases admitted rose to 111. And by 1990, it became the no. 2 drug of abuse and became no. 1 in 1992. The main reason given for its use was peer pressure. To date, shabu remains the most popular drug of abuse.
  • The profile of ATS abusers in 2001, were as follows:

Age - mean age is 27
Sex - predominantly male
Marital Status - single
Family Size - 3-4 siblings
Occupation - workers, employees, students
Educational Attainment - college level

An Evaluation of the Nationwide Search for KID Listo Program

As part of its monitoring and evaluation initiatives, the Policy Studies, Research and Statistics Division of the DDB conducted an evaluation of the Nationwide Search for KID Listo Program Implementers. KID Listo is a program which seeks to enlist participation of students, youth, and the academe in drug abuse prevention campaigns and advocacies. This program is implemented by the DDB Preventive Education, Training and Information Division in collaboration with the Inter-Agency Committee on Drug Abuse Preventive Education and the Department of Education. Part of the program is the conduct of a Nationwide Search for KID Listo Program Implementers, which is the subject of this study.

The evaluation study aimed to determine the outcome and effectiveness of the program on drug abuse prevention and control. Samples of the study include 33 program coordinators and KID Listo advisers, 15 parents, 375 students and 15 KID Listo division, regional and national winners. Questionnaires, documentary analysis, and interview with selected group of respondents were employed.

Findings:

    • Winners of the program were honor students and active members of various clubs in schools, which validated the requirements, set by the Department of Education. 34.4% acted as facilitators on most student activities in their various clubs or organizations. Benefits gained by the target beneficiaries included less incidence of smoking and drug use (29.3%) in the school and awareness on the dangers of drug abuse (14.6%). 9.6% stated no benefit was gained because their schools were already drug-free at the time of the Search. Most of the problems experienced after the Search was the sustainability of the program.
      • Some of the winners in the national and regional levels came from science or laboratory schools where there is seemingly low risk of drug abuse.
      • As to the effectiveness of the program in reducing the number of drug users in the schools and communities and in increasing their level of awareness, no generalization can be made due to the following factors - lack of evaluation on similar studies conducted in the areas and school where the winners come from to determine its impact or effectiveness; the institutionalization of the Drug Education Program in both private and public schools; and the presence of drug pushers/traffickers near the school environment or communities which remained unabated.
      • Based on the results, among the recommendations given are the following -review of the criteria/requirements of the Search, early dissemination of information regarding the Search, plan for the sustainability of the program and periodic conduct of monitoring and evaluation.


Factors Affecting the Licensing, Accreditation and Operation of Drug Testing Laboratories

The study assessed the factors, which affect the licensing, accreditation and operation of DDB licensed and LTO accredited drug testing laboratories. It determined and identified problems and recommendations on how to improve the operations of the LTO’s Mandatory Drug Testing Program and its impact on the drug abuse prevention program of the government.

Thirty-eight (38) laboratory staff served as subjects composed mainly of licensed medical technologists, chemists, owners and non-technical personnel directly involved in the operation of these drug testing clinics. Interview and self-administered questionnaires were the instruments used in data collection from March to June 2002.

Findings:

    • 97% were operating as Class C Laboratories, performing drug screening tests.
    • 71% of laboratories also conduct drug screening tests for persons securing permit for possession of firearms, pre-employment requirements for teachers and other government agencies, and private companies.
    • 64% of laboratories preferred to affiliate with private companies for faster retrieval of drug tests results as they have lesser workload as compared to government agencies while 36% preferred government agencies for lesser fees, specific use of machines for drug tests, more trained and experienced personnel.
    • Among the problems encountered by drug testing laboratories were concerned with clients’ complaints on drug testing cost; threats from clients who screened positive for drugs directed to medical technologist/chemist to change results of the drug tests; clients who do not return for their confirmatory test results; presence of a number of fixers and disproportionate number of drug testing laboratories vis-à-vis the number of potential clienteles, especially in the Regions.
    • Based on the results, the recommendations include, among others, a review of the licensing, accreditation and monitoring procedures being implemented by the LTO to determine the effectiveness of the Mandatory Drug Testing Program on the drug abuse prevention and control efforts of the government; the initiation of a drug abuse treatment and rehabilitation program for drivers found positive for drug use either for out-patient counseling or for residential confinement, if the applicant is a drug dependent; and the conduct of a drug abuse seminar for applicants of driver’s license.

Researches

Research, as an integral part of the anti-drug campaign, enables the Board to draft policies and regulations that are timely and effective. To meet this end, the research section conducts social and also psychological researches on drug abuse prevention and control. It also conducts surveys to determine the nature and extent of the drug abuse problem in the country. 

*Subject to updating as another survey initiative will be conducted this 2019.