PROFILE OF DRUG ABUSER
AGE : Mean age of 28 years
SEX : Ratio of male to female 11:1
CIVIL STATUS : Single 51.65%
STATUS OF EMPLOYMENT : Unemployed 38.87%
EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT : High school Level 29.41%
ECONOMIC STATUS : Average Monthly Family Income Php 12,358.48
PLACE OF RESIDENCE : Urban (Specifically NCR)
DURATION OF DRUG - TAKING : More than six (6) years
NATURE OF DRUG – TAKING : Poly drug use**
DRUGS/SUBSTANCES OF ABUSE :
Methamphetamine Hydrochloride (Shabu)
** Poly drug users – abuse drugs one after the other or in combination with other intoxicating substances.
For the year 2003, Center-admissions were predominantly male with a ratio of 11:1; single clients comprised 51.65%while married ones 34.44%; those who have live-in partners 8.30% and 4.7 % were separated.
As to educational attainment those who were in the school level had the highest percent distribution with 29% followed closely by those in the college level with 28% and 17% were clients who have graduated in high school prior to rehabilitation.
The highest percent distribution of center clients remains in the age groups 20-24 and 25-29, with 22.40% and 21.76% respectively. The mean or average age is 28 years old.
With regard to occupation, 39% of the total admissions were unemployed, 31% were workers and 12% were self employed prior to their admission in the center.
The average family monthly income of the center clients’ rose to Php 12,358.48 from the previous year’s Php 11,114.29.
NUMBER OF REPORTED CASES BY GENDER
TYPE OF ADMISSION
* Total Reported Cases from Residential and Out-Patient Facilities
ANALYSIS OF DATA
In 2003, there were 49 residential and 3 outpatients facilities reporting in the Integrated Central Case Registry and Monitoring System (ICCRMS).
There were 7,663 cases (93.58%) admitted from the residential facilities and 526 cases (6.42%) from the outpatient centers totaling to 8,189 cases reported, of which, 7,113 newly admitted and 1,076 re-admitted cases were noted. There is an increase of 45.07% in the new admission and 1.52% in relapse cases as compared to the previous year (CY 2002). This significant increase in new admissions may be a result of the advocacy programs of the government where more people became aware of the importance of rehabilitation. The increase in the relapse cases, on the other hand, may be attributed to some clients’ resistance to change and peer pressure since they return to the same environment.
The NCR showed the highest percent distribution of cases with 3,554 or 49.96% of the total admission nationwide. Region III and Region IV followed with 21.13% and 17.22% admission respectively.
MOST COMMONLY USED/ ABUSED DRUGS
|1. Methamphetamine Hydrochloride (Shabu)||6,195||87.09|
|2. Cannabis (Marijuana)||2,229||31.34|
|3. Inhalants (Contact Cement Ex.: Rugby)||109||1.53|
|4. Robitussin-AC (Cough/Cold Preparations||82||1.15|
|5. Trazepam (Benzodiazepine)||69||0.97|
|6. Ecstacy (Stimulant)||57||0.80|
|7. Hashish (Cannabis)||47||0.66|
|8. Brownies/Cake (Cannabis)||44||0.62|
|9. Trecodin-DM (Cough and/Cold Preparations)||35||0.49|
|10. Nubain (Narcotic/Analgesic)||30||0.42|
Methamphetamine Hydrochloride, commonly known as Shabu, remains as the no. 1drug of abuse with 6,195 cases (87.09%). Marijuana is no. 2 with 2,229 cases (31.34%) and Inhalant or rugby, has 109 cases (1.53%). Cough Syrup is also being commonly used by 1.15%.