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PROFILE OF DRUG ABUSERS
(Facility Based)*
CY 2010

AGE : Mean age of 29 years
SEX : Ratio of male to female 9:1
CIVIL STATUS : Single 52.64%
STATUS OF EMPLOYMENT : Unemployed 33.73%
EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT : College Level 29.54%
ECONOMIC STATUS : Average Monthly Family Income Php 17,545.14
PLACE OF RESIDENCE : Urban (Specifically NCR 43.75%)
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 male than female clients with a ratio of 9:1, with a mean age of 29 years old. The youngest center client was a 7 year old while the eldest was a 69 year old. The highest percentage belonged to age groups of 30 to 34 years old and 40 and above with 499 or 18.18%

       More than half of the center clients were single (52.64%) followed by married (28.31%), 11.62% had live in partners and 5.83% were separated prior to rehabilitation.

       As for educational attainment, 739 or 26.92% have reached high school level while 811 or 29.54% were able to reach college level.

       With regard to the status of employment, 33.73% were unemployed and 18.47% were either skilled or unskilled workers prior to their stay in the centers. Their average monthly family income is Php 17,545.14.

REPORTED CASES BY GENDER
(Facility Based)*
CY 2010

                                                   MALE             FEMALE     GRAND TOTAL
TYPE OF ADMISSION No. % No. % No. %
NEW ADMISSIONS 1,798 65.50 223 8.12 2,021 73.62
RE-ADMISSIONS 457 16.65 29 1.06 486 17.70
OUT-PATIENT 209 7.61 29 1.06 238 8.67
TOTAL 2,464 89.76 281 10.24 2,745 100.00

* Total Reported Cases from Residential and Out-Patient Facilities

DRUG ABUSE TREND: 2010 ANALYSIS

       For the year 2010, thirty-nine (39) residential treatment and three (3) outpatient facilities contributed data to the Integrated Drug Abuse Data and Information Network (IDADIN). These facilities reported a total 2,745 cases. Of this number, 73.62% or 2,021 were new admission, 17.70% or 486 were relapse cases and 8.67% or 238 were referrals from outpatient facilities.

       A 7.29% decrease was recorded from previous year. The decline may be due to the following reasons: people cannot afford the cost of treatment as most of the clients belong to the low income group; and the stereotype “denial syndrome” common among drug dependents, where they insist that they are in control of their drug-taking behavior and that any form of treatment. On the other hand, the intensified operations conducted by the law enforcement against pushers and drug traffickers may have contributed to the decline.

MOST COMMONLY USED/ABUSED DRUGS/SUBSTANCES
(Facility Based)*
CY 2010

DRUGS USED / ABUSED NEW ADMISSION RE-ADMISSION OUT-PATIENT GRAND TOTAL % based on the total number of responses (3,463) % based on the total number of admissions (2,745)
1. Methamphetamine Hydrochloride(Shabu) 1,354 423 152 1,929 55.70 70.27
2. Cannabis (Marijuana) 777 161 126 1,064 30.72 38.76
3. Inhalants (Contact Cement, Adhesive) 123 9 13 145 4.19 5.28
4. Benzodiazepines (Diazepam) 58 34 1 93 2.69 3.39
5. Cocaine 36 16 1 53 1.53 1.93
6. Cough / Cold Preparations 42 10   52 1.50 1.89
7. Nalbuphine Hydrochloride 41 8   49 1.41 1.79
MDMA (Ecstasy) 36 13   49 1.41 1.79
8. Solvent 7   1 8 0.23 0.29
9. Ketamine 4     4 0.12 0.15

* Total Reported Cases from Residential and Out-Patient Facilities


       Methamphetamine Hydrochloride commonly known as “shabu”, is still the most abused substance with reports of 1,929 cases, followed by Cannabis or Marijuana with 1,064 cases. Abuse of Contact Cement and other inhalants with 145 cases was also noted. The nature of drug taking remained to be poly-drug use The routes of administration are inhalation or sniffing and oral ingestion.