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Drug Abuse in the Philippines

Posted Nov 21 2008 4:47pm

Jason in the DOH Drug-Free Poster

(Poster design by Weng Bunoan)

Poster Translation:
I’m Drug-Free

. This is the Good Trip!

Drug Testing is Available

in All DOH Hospitals

Profile of Filipino Drug Abuser

Based on reported 4,703 cases admitted in the different treatment and rehabilitation centers, both residential and out-patient facilities in 2006. (Source: Department of Health’s Dangerous Drugs Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program)

Age:Mean age of 28 years old

Sex Ratio:
9 males: 1 female

Civil Status:
Single (57.77%)

Unemployed (35.81%)

Educational Attainment:
High School Level (29.79%)

Economic Status:
P13,706 (US$133) average monthly family income

Place of Residence:
Urban, specifically Metro Manila (58.32%)

Duration of Drug Abuse:
More than 6 years

Top 10 Drugs/Substances of Abuse

1. Methampethamine Hydrochloride (Shabu) – 3,256 cases

2. Cannabis (Marijuana) – 1,807 cases

3. Contact Cement (example: “Rugby”) – 536 cases

4. Benzodiazepines – 173 cases

5. Cough/Cold Preparations – 128 cases

6. Methylenedioxymethampetamine or MDMA (Ecstasy) – 71 cases

7. Cocaine – 53 cases

8. Nalbuphine Hydrochloride – 29 cases

9. Psilocybin (Magic Mushroom) – 23 cases

10. Solvents (acetone, thinner) – 16 cases

Note that poly drug use (or abuse drugs one after the other or in combination with other intoxicating substances) is common among drug abusers.

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