2022 Statistical Analysis
For 2022, a total of seventy (70) treatment and rehabilitation facilities reporting to the Treatment and Rehabilitation Admission Information System (TRAIS). Of this, sixty-two (62) are residential and eight (8) are outpatient.
Three thousand, eight hundred sixty-five (3,865) admissions were recorded from these reporting facilities. Of these number, three thousand, three hundred forty-three (3,343) are new admissions, seventy-nine (79) are readmitted or relapse cases and four hundred forty-three (443) are Outpatient.
Compared with the previous year’s cases, around forty-three percent (42.73%) increase in admission was noted despite some facilities having reported no admissions. The rise in admission can be attributed to the resumption of operation by the different rehabilitation centers and the seeming willingness of the Persons Who Use Drugs (PWUDs) to undergo treatment and rehabilitation as evidenced by almost forty-one percent (40.78%) of voluntary submission and twenty-nine percent (29.00%) cases who availed of plea bargaining.
The center admissions consist of ninety percent (90.06%) males, nine percent (9.08%) females, and around one percent (0.85%) LGBT. The male-to-female ratio is 10:1 with a computed mean of 33 years old and a median age of 34. The youngest admission for the year under review is 13 , whilethe eldest is 72. The majority of the admissions belong to the age group of 40 years old and above with thirty-one percent (31.23%) of the reported cases.
Fifty-three percent (52.68%) are single and around twenty-four percent (23.91%) are married, those who have live-in partners comprised nineteen percent (19.22%), and the rest, about four percent (4.19%) are either widow/er, separated, divorced, or annulled.
As to educational attainment, almost a third (26.99%) have attained high school level. On the second spot are those who have reached college with twenty percent (19.61%) followed by those who have graduated high school at seventeen percent (17.44%).
The average monthly family income is around thirteen thousand pesos (Php 13,199.22).
Regarding the status of employment, those employed (either workers/employees or businessmen and self-employed) comprised fifty-eight percent (58.40%) while unemployed thirty-seven percent (37.05%). Three percent (3.49%) of the admission constitute students and almost one percent (0.88%) are out-of-school youth while a few (0.18%) were pensioners.
About twenty-five percent (24.53%) of reported cases are residents of the National Capital Region while sixteen percent (16.25%) are from Region III.
Considering the age at first drug use, forty-one percent (41.32%) belong to ages 15 to 19 years old. Nearly thirty-nine percent (38.73%) admitted to having taken drugs two (2) to five (5) times a week while around twenty-five percent (24.68%) used drugs monthly and twenty-one percent (20.62%) weekly.
Most Commonly Abused Drugs
Methamphetamine Hydrochloride or “Shabu” remains the leading drug of abuse, comprising ninety-two percent (92.06%) of the total admission. This is followed by Cannabis (Marijuana) at twenty-seven percent (27.04%) and followed distantly by MDMA or Ecstasy as the third drug of choice at less than one percent (0.65%).
Mono-drug use is still the nature of drug-taking; the administration routes are inhalation/sniffing and oral ingestion.