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Drugs are chemicals that affect a person in such a way as to bring about physiological, emotional, or
behavioral change.
‘Dangerous drugs’ are those that have high tendency for abuse and dependency, these substances
may be organic or synthetic, and pose harm to those who use them.
Drug Abuse exists when a person continually uses a drug other than its intended purpose. This
continued use can lead to drug dependence, a state of physical and psychological dependence or both
on a dangerous drug.
Drug Addiction is a complex, and often chronic, brain disease. It is characterized by excessive drug
craving, seeking, and use. Addiction is caused by brain changes caused by constant drug use.
Dependency is the state of physical and psychological dependence, or both, on a dangerous drug, or
drugs, experienced by a person following the use of that substance on a periodic or continuous basis.
A US government report in 2009 concluded that illegal drug use was a significant problem in the
Philippines due to corruption and poor law enforcement. There was particular concern expressed about
the amount of methamphetamine (shabu) and cannabis production in the area. Drug addiction
appears to be on the rise in the Philippines. There are believed to be as many as 6.7 million drug
abusers according to figures from 2004- this is a dramatic increase from 1972 when there was only
believed to have been around 20,000 drug users in the Philippines. The drug that is most abused in
the Philippines continues to be Alcohol – they are the second highest consumers of alcoholic drinks in
South East Asia.



Age Group

Mean age of 28

Mean age of 30 years




Civil Status

Single 58.02%

Single 49.07%

Status of Employment

Unemployed 35.97%

Unemployed 47.59%

Educational Attainment

High School Level 30.06%

College Level 29.83%

Economic Status

Ave. Monthly Income P6, 290.80

Ave. Monthly Income P15,423

Inhalants Most commonly abused drugs in the Philippines * * * * * Alcohol Marijuana Heroin Cocaine Methamphetamine (locally known as Shabu) * Inhalants such as nitrates and gasoline. . (Cheapest way for people to get high) * Opium * Ecstasy (MDMA) Treatment and Rehabilitation If you suspect that a friend is using drugs. treatment and rehabilitation are among the interventions that can help someone struggling with the compulsion to use drugs. Let your friend know that you care. Inhalants Shabu.56%) Duration of Drug – Taking More than 6 years More than 6 years Nature of Drug – Taking Poly-drug use Poly-drug use Drugs/Substances of Abuse Shabu. or another trusted adult.92) Urban (NCR 45. Offer to go with your friend to his parents or a counselor for help. school counselor. Talk to your parents. Marijuana.Place of Residence Urban (NCR 47. talk to him or her. teacher. Marijuana. Counseling.

members of the DDB staff serve as resource speakers orienting the participants on the country’s drug abuse problem. communities. One of their platform statements is to remove the scourge of illegal and dangerous drugs in the Philippines. It needs support from its citizens to fulfill its mission. An administration institution such as the local government of a specific area needs each and every constituent in their district to win over addiction. and workplaces. But government units cannot accomplish these tasks alone.        Barkada Kontra Droga (BKD.  Drug Abuse Rehabilitation Network (DARN) Department of Health Treatment and Rehabilitation Center – Bicutan.Campaigns and Advocacies Community outreach programs and advocacy programs are constantly conducted in different key settings such as schools. National Capital Region  National Bureau of Investigation – NBI (Pambansang Kawanihan ng Pagsisiyasat)  Philippine National Police (Narcotics Group) (PNP – NG) Pambansang Pulisya ng Pilipinas  Dangerous Drug Board (DBB)  Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency . the ill effects of drug abuse and the legal consequences of being involved in illegal drugs activities. Peer Groups Against Drugs) National Youth Congress on Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Program Kids Against Drugs Program National Drug Education Program (NDEP) Drug Abuse Prevention Program for the Transport Groups Nationwide Caravan of Youth Against Drugs Philippine Government Agencies that Help Fight Drug Addiction It is of common knowledge that it is the responsibility of government agencies in the Philippines to stop addiction. or at least decrease the dramatically escalating numbers of addiction cases in the country. During these activities.PDEA (Kawanihan ng Pilipinas Laban sa Droga)  Department of Health (DOH) in the Philippines (Kawanihan ng Kalusugan sa Pilipinas) . Taguig. It needs help they could get in order to overcome this alarming incident.