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Drug Situation in the Philippines

Updated on December 5, 2009

Drug Menace in the Philippines

Drugs of Abuse
Drugs of Abuse

Drug Menace in the Philippines

Methamphetamine Hydrochloride (Shabu).Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) or Ecstasy. Marijuana.Cocaine. Ephedrine.

These are some of the commonly abused drugs in the Philippines. Recently, the drug problem is quite alarming.The increasing number of arrested drug traffickers, seizures of big volumes of dangerous drugs, controlled precursors and essential chemicals and dismantling of clandestine laboratories since the conception of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency show the extent and impact of the drug abuse and drug trade problem in the Philippines.

The illegal trade of methamphetamine hydrochloride commonly known as "shabu" has grown into a P1 billion-a-day industry, but the drug has now become more expensive, making it “the poor man’s cocaine no more,” antinarcotics officials and international drug reports said. Recently, the average street price of "shabu" in the Philippines ranges from P15,000.00 - P17,000.00 depending on the demographical location (regional, provincial, city, or municipal). The increase of prices of shabu was due to the government success on dismantling of clandistine laboratories nationwide.


Thus, these problems don't limit on trafficking and production of drugs but go beyond the problem of drug addiction. Drug addiction is the cradle of heinous crimes committed by persons. 65% of the suspects are drug addicts. Drug addiction respects no boundaries.

The worsening drug abuse in the country can be gleaned from the fact that in 1972, there were only 20,000 drug users in the Philippines. In 2004, this figure has climbed to an astounding 6.7 million. Methamphetamine hydrochloride or "shabu" and marijuana are the illegal drugs preferred by one in every 29 Filipinos aged 10 to 44 years.

While drug abuse is alarming in the country, the government is strong fisted in the fight of eradicating the supply and demand of illegal drugs.Thus, drug lords, big time drug pushers and transnational syndicates are laughing their way to their banks using the "dirty money" which is the proceeds of illegal drugs and invest the money to legitimate businesses. They are having a field day destroying lives and future of the people courtesy of inutile and corrupt government agencies.

The law enforcers cannot do it alone.The prosecutors and judges cannot move on without harmonious relationship. The problem rest upon us. It starts within ourselves.

Schools, churches, civic organizations, non-government organizations and private groups and individuals must all do their share and contribute to the battle against illegal drugs.

This country cannot afford to waste its future to drug addiction. If the war on illegal drugs is lost, the future of the country will follow the wrong direction. Despite and in spite of the government, Filipinos must remain resolute in their resolve to win the war against illegal drugs.

PLEASE WATCH THIS PRESENTATION... MAY EVERYONE CAN REALIZE THE EFFECTS OF ILLEGAL DRUGS.

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      kris magnanao 12 months ago

      Who is the author of this article?

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      kyla ampo 13 months ago

      what is the full name of the author of this article?

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      elvin rosales.... 23 months ago

      this unending war initiated by the government to cut the trunk of those traffickers who ruin the lives of many of our countrymen will be in vain if our authorities are keep on looking their personal interest not on the interest of the victim public. Reality speaks that the philippines has become the green pastures of the big drug syndicate in the world. So sad!

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      bendanillo 2 years ago

      May I Asked po?

      what percent na ang illegal drugs user since 2009-2015?

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      bendanillo 2 years ago

      May I Asked po?

      what percent na ang illegal drugs user since 2009-2015?

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      Abigael 2 years ago

      It's good to be post it .. and more learning to have to me and the other students like me .. Thanks a lot to the poser

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      MetaCat 2 years ago

      Hello.

      Can I get citations from the data you quoted?

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      julzkie 2 years ago

      Stop using drugs

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      gilvannskie 3 years ago

      they are psychoactive drugs they change your mood and behavior for the first time its fun and great but in the long run without knowing your brain activity is being altered by the drugs and you will change e.g. your behavior , perception and life style so i recommend not to engage in drugs coz it could ruin your life i swear..

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      jake 3 years ago

      Say"yes to God, no to drugs".

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      alab 3 years ago

      si satanas man gud gamhanan,,ang pag abusar sa drugas usa na sa discarte niya,,dili na ma sugpo kn dili ta mangayog tabang sa kahitas-an...Mag ampo lang ta..kay prayers can move mountain man..kana pa..or ..Kon i legalize man gani,,kinahanglan nga way laing mamalig kon di ang gobyerno unya isuwat ang ngan sa mupalit para ma ila og mamunitor ang mga naturiring sa drugas ug matambalan da HALyon or prisohon ba ug kon dili na ma uli-an,,unya idisplay sa publiko ang nabu-ang sa drugas (SUD SA DAKONG HALWA)

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      .... 3 years ago

      Pls give me a link in how many school age children do drug abuse

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      hlnmbd 4 years ago

      ecstacy d nakakaadik? kalokohan yan prohibited drugs pa din yan, kng sino ka man wl ka rin palang alam

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      Cesar 4 years ago

      The only way to stop the proliferation of drug use in the Philippines is to make it a non profitable business for drug lords. In some countries, addicts are registered in the health system and given controlled doses of the substance they are addicted to for free. They take their doses only in the government medical facilities and not outside. Thus they do not need to steal or rob innocent people to support their addiction. With the tons of Shabu confiscated by our law enforcers, this could be put to good use. Having our addicts registered it would be easy to track them down and rehabilitate them. They are victims and need to be helped. Hence no buyers, the drug trade will die a natural death.

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      arnold 4 years ago

      drug is the source of the second life of a person because at this time if you have no money you will die earlier.

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      aicon 4 years ago

      howcan we avoid drug addiction?

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      Howard 4 years ago

      The drug war has failed and needs to be dismanteled. The only goal achieved is to make the lives of unfortunate people worse, or end them.

      Drug addicts need help for their addiction. Some people might need drugs like opiates or stimulants because of illnesses or problems, and some people who use them once in a while might think they're fine and don't need any help. There should be help for all kinds of drug use except the harmless kind, instead of prohibition and an endless cycle of violence between criminals and society.

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      alexander 5 years ago

      THE USED AND CONSEQUENT ABUSES ASSOCIATED WITH DRUGS ARE NOT PHENOMENA. PRIMITIVE PEOPLE USED DRUGS TO INDUCE STATES OF INTOXICATION DURING RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES. AS EARLY AS 2700 BC, THE CHINESE USED MARIJUANA UNDER EMPEROR SHEN NENG AS PRESCRIPTION FOR GOUT, CONSTIPATION AND ABSENTMINDEDNESS. THE EGYPTIANS USED OPIUM IN 1500 BC, AS PESCRIPTION FOR INDUCING SLEEP AND CURING MENTAL DISORDER. ITS WIDESPREAD USED, HOWEVER TOOK PLACE BETWEEN 1805 AND 1832, WHEN MORPHINE AND CODEIN (METHYLMORPHINE) BOTH OPIUM ALKOLOIDS WERE DISCOVERED. WITH THE INVENTION OF THE HYPODERMIC NEEDLE IN 1843, NARCOTIC ADDICTION SPREAD THROUGHOUT EUROPE AND AMERICA. AMONG THE PROMINENT PERSONS WHO TOOK DRUGS WITHOUT REALIZING ITS DANGEROUS EFFECTS WERE AMERICAN POET EDGAR ALLAN POE AND ENGLISH POETS FRANCIS THOMPSON,SAMUEL COLERIDGE AND THOMAS DE QUINCY, AUTHOR OF ‘’CONFESIONS OF AN ENGLISH OPIUM EATER.

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      iamyourfriend 5 years ago

      you can report any drug personalities to PDEA, especially in the NCR area to this email add intel_roncr@yahoo.com. You can also contact them in their FB acct. "Pdea Ro-ncr Dos". Be as complete in giving information as possible, especially to bigtime drug pushers. You can also contact this number 09993829894. Rewards may be given to informants who gave information which resulted in the successful arrest and seizure of significant volume of illegal drugs. Lets gear toward a drug free Philippines.

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      lance 5 years ago

      i am a criminology student lahat ng mga opinion ntin ay hndi pare pareho ang matu2lung ntin ay mkipag tulungan tau sa mga nag su2gpo ng mga masa2mang gawin na gumagamit ng mga pnag ba2wal na druga..

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      kate 5 years ago

      SAY NO TO DRUGS!

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      maj0208 5 years ago

      drugs creates euphoric effects "HIGH" by killing brain cells...if you want your brain cells dead...drugs are your best companion...but take note: drugs puts you on the edge where you'll find it hard to turn back...Death is what awaits you when you use them...

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      jr 5 years ago

      stop drugs,please.because you destroy your family and mind

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      maomag 5 years ago

      if u hav drugs problem in your locality..put into writing sent it to police or pdea as anonymous...u can help young one from addiction

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      b-not 5 years ago

      .. we know that sometimes drug is a need to our self. we cant suppress this crime immediately. 4me. in order to lessen this problem. we have fear to god, that our acts is bad, so please.. never take an illegal drugs. this is a sin.

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      jane serrano 5 years ago

      nakakakilabot!nakakapanindig balahibo! ganyan mapi feel mo kapag binasa mo mga press releases ng mga taong nasa position para sugpuin ang ilegal na droga way back 2000. puro dada ang ginawa at sa kasalukuyan, ganyan din ang kanilang ginagawa. keep ur news papers today nad view it tedn years after at makikita mo kung nag impruv, iba kc ginagawa kesa sa sinasabe....

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      scorpio 5 years ago

      hindi talaga ma susugpo yang mga illegal na droga na yan hanggat meron pang mga tiwaling official na nagproprotect sa mga sindikato na ito.

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      pguevarra76@yahoo.com 5 years ago

      it's really so easy to buy the stuff. basta me pera ka, you can have it. this is the present situation here. i really pity my kababayan. maybe i should stop expectation from the govt? coz mor expectations will lead me to prolonged and more frustrations. hay lyf....

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      orly celestial torio 5 years ago

      yung mga ganitong activities hindi na dapat binibigyan ng pagkakataon na mamayagpag sa pilipinas sugpuin natin ang druga lalong lalu na yung mga putang inang mga drug lords na yan....may katapusan din kayo!

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      rachelle 5 years ago

      Mga drug addict ang kapal ng mga mukha.stop drug addiction it will just ruin your life gets nyo......just be a simle person bka mlay nyo maging successful pa kayo someday just think of i'm just here as a friend to everyone....

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      gigi lappppppppppppppp 5 years ago

      walang hiya niyo ang aking bf ay nahahawa na sa cocaine no drugs sabi nila bat nagdrudrugs sila huhuhuhu hihihi

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      savainne 5 years ago

      drugs will just give you temporary happiness but leave you a lifetime negative effects...so better prevent it...advice those whom you know use it or selling it to stop..

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      belle_07 5 years ago

      khit anu namang gawin nila kung yung mismong tao ay desperate,,wla tayong magagwa..all we can do is to make people realize how will drugs affect and destroy their body..also their lives..

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      Drug Activist 5 years ago

      Government manipulation lng yang mga drug laws...read the history of drug prohibition...t use it to attack minorities...bakit drug lord sinisisi nyo? drug lords exist because of prohibition,are the drug lords here to sell alcohol?...30 years ko nang naririnig na masusugpo nila ang droga pero bakit dumadamia ang addict...Im not sure if they can stop the drug problem but ito ang sigurado...DRUG FREE PHILIPPINES ay imposibble at lalung dadami at lalakas ang droga dahil sa teknolohiya...Sabi nga nang mga UN leaders "The War on drugs is a total failure"...wag kayo masyadong maniwala sa Media...nasa internet ang katotohanan..

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      @zer 5 years ago

      everything that is created has it's own bad effect to the person or anything that has a contact in it. You don't need drugs to forget your problems, just ask advice with the person who is close to you. Everybody is thinking on the negative side, why not put your thinking into something that is positive. Ika nga ni Robin Padilla; "think positive, walang aayaw!"

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      genesis 5 years ago

      corrupt kc kya d nhuhuli mga big time push. yan ang ugat.

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      1111 5 years ago

      Stop drug addiction!!!!!

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      ron 5 years ago

      using drugs has a very bad effect on us... not only socially but also mentally. it will surely ruin or livesI advice you to use Rugby instead.

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      jpw 5 years ago

      akkkkkoooooooo gggggwwwwwwwaaaaaaaaaapppppppppppo!!!!!!!!!kaya ikaw, GAGO!! wag gamit drugs. use lang. namit!!

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      roni A. 5 years ago

      using illegal drugs has nothing to do with your problems or trippings....it will only ruin your life, family and love ones..using illegal drugs is bad to your health! especially in your BRAIN!

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      mayr 5 years ago

      drug situation in our country is very alarming. let's work hand in hand to eradicate this worsening dilemma.

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      mayr 5 years ago

      drug situation in our country is very alarming. let's work hand in hand to eradicate this worsening dilemma.

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      Melancholic 6 years ago

      I guess the government should act upon in giving penalties to drug addicts as well. Our community in our province is already ill with these abusers. Also the pnp just prioritize trafficers which is sad to to know.

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      saki5 6 years ago

      Drug War has failed..look for other solutions....let the government handle the drugs not the Drug Lords...LEGALIZE!!!

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      karen anoran 6 years ago

      mas mganda na wag na lg mag use ng mga drugs na mkakasira sau..wag niyong sbhn na wla yan masyadong epekto, ang lahat2 ng yan ay may mga epekto. kahit na anong kilos ang ginagawa ng gobyerno kung papaano ito masugpo, nasa tao pa rin ang desisyon. kaya dapat tayo ay may mga sapat na mga kaalaman tungkol dito.

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      patrick procianos 6 years ago

      Im a student of master in government management (plm). I believe leading government agencies such as PDEA and DDB are doing their best to curtail drug production and trafficking in our country. Their efforts and resources may not be enough. This gives way for the ngos to partner with our government agencies by educating potential victims on the perils and health hazard in using illegal drugs. In that way, we can make them dislike or say no to the lure of and temporary pleasure of using illegal drugs.

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      daluhong 6 years ago

      punta ka lang sa mga gimikan, marami don. ask discreetly the waiters

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      jen 6 years ago

      so bkit ilegal kung di naman pala addictive? im just curious kung ano tama nyan. wer can i buy some and how much

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      daluhong 6 years ago

      kung gagamit kayo ng drugs, like during parties, its better if you use ecstasy. it will get you high but is really not addictive, unlike shabu or marijuana. you can control yourself as to when to take the drugs, di ka matutulad sa adik sa shabu na may side effects. lesser pa ang chance mo mahuli bcos policemen are not familiar with it, they only know shabu and weeds. kya naman sa mga gimikan very common na ang bentahan ng E, you can buy easily if you know who to talk to

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      Steve Coates 6 years ago

      ILLEGAL DRUG ABUSER

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      jes 6 years ago

      ,duh'''

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      jonalyn bayao 6 years ago

      thanks for the information..

      pls add more

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      Hubert 6 years ago

      Everybody knows the people earning big money from drug sales in Philippines. The problem is that the drug pusher will not do anything to stop the drug pusher

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      Student- 6 years ago

      Contains many information, i like it. :)

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      israel  6 years ago

      i like this... this is a big help to me as a student...more powe

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      weckie 7 years ago

      my god its really hard to search about the current drug situation in phil. .concentrate first on the corrupt police,military and gov't officials protecting those drug syndicate!!! im expecting too much from you guys..

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      aynfender 7 years ago

      PDEA (Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency) is the lead agency in the fight agaist illegal drugs. PNP, AFP, NBI, BuCus and other law enforcement agencies are cooperating to control the drug menace of the country...

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      blognuts 7 years ago from San Francisco

      that's sad to know ... Manila is my hometown :( what is the government doing about this?

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      uno 7 years ago

      Good job!

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      boy 7 years ago

      nice to know about it

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      aynfender 7 years ago

      Thanks a lot for your support.More news and updates will be posted soon.

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      TnFlash 7 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      Great Hub! The narcotics trade is a world wide problem. Its good you are bringing attention to this problem