PROFILE OF DRUG ABUSERS
AGE : Mean age of 30 years
SEX : Ratio of male to female 13:1
CIVIL STATUS : Single 50.52%
STATUS OF EMPLOYMENT : Unemployed 42.74%
EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT : College Level 32%
ECONOMIC STATUS : Average Monthly Family Income Php 15,671
PLACE OF RESIDENCE : Urban (Specifically NCR 51.29%)
DURATION OF DRUG - TAKING : More than six (6) years
NATURE OF DRUG - TAKING : Poly drug use**
DRUGS/SUBSTANCES OF ABUSE :
Methamphetamine Hydrochloride (Shabu)
Inhalants (Contact Cement Adhesive)
* Residential and Out-Patient Facilities
** Poly drug users - abuse of more than one (1) drug
REPORTED CASES BY TYPE OF ADMISSION AND GENDER
|TYPE OF ADMISSION||MALE||FEMALE||GRAND TOTAL|
* Total Reported Cases from Residential and Out-Patient Facilities
A total of 3,266 admissions were reported for the year under review. Of this number, 2,618 were first time admissions, 446 were relapsed cases or re-admitted either in the same or different facility and 202 had sought treatment to an out-patient facility. These cases were based from the reports submitted by thirty-one (31) residential and one (1) out-patient facilities nationwide.
Around ninety-three percent (92.68%) of the admitted cases were males and seven percent (7.32%) were females. The ratio of male to female is 10:1.
Of the total admission, both age groups of 30-34 and 40 and above reported at more than nineteen percent (19.38% and 19.35%) while more than seventeen percent (17.64%) were those in the 25-29 age bracket. The average age is 30 years old.
Half of the admitted cases were single (50.52%), while thirty-three percent (32.61%) were married. Seventeen percent (16.87%) reported to have live-in partners or separated, widow/er and divorced.
Based on the educational attainment, thirty-two percent (32%) of the center clients comprised those who have reached college level, followed by those who reached high school with twenty-five percent (24.56%) and who finished high school at fifteen percent (15.06%).
The average monthly family income among center clients is P 15,671. The lowest monthly income was reported to be five hundred pesos (P 500).
Of the total admission from various treatment facilities, more than forty percent (42.74%) were unemployed, twenty-seven percent (26.55%) were workers/employees, seventeen percent (16.78%) were businessman/self-employed and the rest were OSY and students with almost 14 percent (13.93%).
As to the area of residence, fifty-one percent (51.29%) were residing in the National Capital Region (NCR) prior to their admission to rehabilitation. Seventeen percent (16.84%) came from Region IV-A, followed by Region III with fourteen percent (14.45%).
Sixty-three percent (63.17%) of the clients reported that peers/friends were their primary source of drugs and thirty-one percent (30.77%) were pushers.
As to drug of use, eighty-three percent (83.50%) reported methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) as their drugs/substances of abuse, followed by Cannabis (marijuana, brownies, seeds, hashish) with twenty eight percent (28.02%) and inhalants specifically contact cement adhesive (rugby) with three percent (3.18%). Other drugs/substances of abuse include solvent, cocaine, benzodiazepines, MDMA (ecstasy), nalbuphine hydrochloride (nubain), cough/cold preparations and ketamine.
There was an increase in admission from 2012 to 2013 by nineteen percent (19.02%). The reasons to this increase may be attributed to the following: the anti-drug abuse council of the local government units has become active in the anti-drug campaign in their localities; drug dependents go for voluntary confinement because the parents/guardians became supportive of them; rehabilitation programs and methodology were improved and the awareness of the people have increased on anti-drugs laws because of proper dissemination of information and the media.