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Rappler's latest stories on drug abuse


Duterte EO orders regular nationwide drug abuse survey

Oct 31, 2018 - 4:45 PM

The survey is to be conducted every 3 years, according to an executive order that also institutionalizes the Philippine Anti-illegal Drugs Strategy

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency conducted random drug testing among bus driver and conductors at the Araneta Center Bus Terminal in Cubao, Quezon City on October 29, 2018, aimed at ensuring the safety of the riding public ahead of the rush for passengers heading out to the provinces this coming All Saints Day. Urine samples taken from transport staff will be brought to the PDEA laboratory for testing. If tested positive for drugs, the person shall be charged and recommended to be dismissed from the transport service. The campaign dubbed "Undaspot" is part of an overall campaign to guarantee the safety of the riding public. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Zero performance? COA flags DILG's anti-criminality projects

Jul 08, 2018 - 9:40 PM

The Commission on Audit says the Department of the Interior and Local Government failed to submit accomplishment reports for its Masa Masid project despite using its full budget

Masbate barangay officials face complaints over lack of anti-drug councils

May 03, 2018 - 6:20 PM

The officials did not create barangay anti-drug abuse councils, which are required by the Department of the Interior and Local Government

ADMIN COMPLAINTS. DILG Assistant Secretary Ricojudge Echiverri (right) swears to an Ombudsman official as he leads the filing of administrative complaints against 10 barangay officials in Masbate for failing to create anti-drugs councils. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Año to drug-linked barangay bets: 'Don't even consider running'

Apr 13, 2018 - 6:12 PM

DILG Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Año gives the warning on the eve of the filing of certificates of candidacy for the May 14 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections

'NO NARCO-POLITICIANS'. DILG OIC Eduardo  Año speaks at the PNP Academy Alumni Homecoming 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Brent Paraiso follows Ricci Rivero act, releases own drug results

Mar 12, 2018 - 2:48 PM

'I am not a star, not a lucrative endorser, not a starter, not a poster boy – definitely not a drug user,' says Brent Paraiso

CLEARING THE AIR. Brent Paraiso says he is "definitely a drug user." File photos

DILG preps new memo against barangays refusing to form anti-drug councils

Feb 19, 2018 - 8:51 PM

The new memorandum will serve as the 'last warning' for holdouts to set up their respective Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC)

From guns to blackboards: Police officers teach kids vs drug abuse

Nov 26, 2017 - 11:00 AM

In several schools across the country, police officers trade guns for chalks as they help mold young minds to stay away from illegal drugs

Random drug testing for Cebu students starts

Oct 09, 2017 - 7:16 PM

There have been concerns about the sampling method and confidentiality of the tests, and about how they would make students vulnerable in the government's war against drugs

What happens when police get basic understanding of drug addiction?

Jun 29, 2017 - 10:00 AM

When cops learn about the effects of drugs on users mental health they are kind with the mentally ill they refer them correctly for rehabilitation

File photo of police officers from Rappler

Drug addiction is a health problem. Somebody please tell the President.

Jun 29, 2017 - 9:00 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says shabu addicts can no longer be rehabilitated – an understanding that other countries had in the 1970s says a psychologist

Rappler Talk: Michael Berg on harnessing power of mind to beat addiction

Jun 08, 2017 - 2:50 PM

How can drug addiction be conquered? Kabbalah Center International s Michael Berg speaks

Why Duterte's ‘4 million drug users’ is statistically improbable

May 26, 2017 - 5:30 PM

A tighter grip on reality – through data and evidence – may be one of the best ways to brace ourselves against this new rising wave of authoritarian rule

Drug tests for public school teachers to start during school year 2017-2018

May 17, 2017 - 6:00 AM

The initiative of the Department of Education is set to be extended to include secondary level students

PH Army teaches students about ill effects of drugs

Apr 01, 2017 - 12:33 PM

More than a thousand students at the Tenement Elementary School graduate from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education DARE Program of the Philippine Army in partnership with DARE Philippines Association

SOLDIER TEACHER. Members of the Philippine army moonlight as teachers for almost two months under the DARE program. Photo courtesy of the Armed Forces of the Philippines

9 dead of fentanyl opioid abuse in one day in Vancouver

Dec 17, 2016 - 3:36 PM

Canada has been struggling to contain an overdose crisis that claimed 2 000 lives last year with even more expected in 2016

Addiction is a crisis, not a character flaw – US surgeon general

Nov 17, 2016 - 4:50 PM

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy: We must help everyone see that addiction is not a character flaw – it is a chronic illness that we must approach with the same skill and compassion with which we approach heart disease diabetes and cancer

Duterte creates task force to oversee drug rehab centers

Oct 15, 2016 - 9:11 AM

Among others the inter agency task force is expected to determine the type capacity and suitable locations of centers with a long term goal of having at least one in every province

Drugs survey: Try it once, you're likely to try it again

Sep 24, 2016 - 8:57 AM

After trying shabu for the first time 28 of users will use it again a nationwide survey by the Dangerous Drugs Board shows

Colanggo: I’m not a drug lord

Sep 20, 2016 - 8:07 PM

Herbert Colanggo earlier named as Colangco – accused of being a drug lord by no less than President Rodrigo Duterte – clarifies that he s convicted of robbery

NO DRUG LORD. Maximum security inmate Herbert Colanggo testifies before the House of Representatives Committee on Justice during a hearing on September 20, 2016 on the alleged bribery and drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DDB: Philippines has 1.8 million current drug users

Sep 19, 2016 - 2:45 PM

The survey commissioned by the Dangerous Drugs Board estimates that 4 8 million Filipinos aged 10 69 years old used illegal drugs at least once in their lives

Inside the brain of a drug user

Aug 19, 2016 - 10:31 AM

Psychiatrists say the effect of drugs on the brain could be so damaging as to cause paranoia even months after a person has already stopped using the substance

War on drugs: Rehabilitation must be more than a knee-jerk reaction

Aug 18, 2016 - 4:12 PM

But with more drug users surrendering by the day government cannot afford to tarry in providing much needed interventions for Filipinos who ve made the first step away from drugs

REHABILITATION. Filipino suspected drug users and pushers participate in exercises after voluntarily surrendering in Manila, Philippines, July 15, 2016. File photo by Mark R. Cristino/EPA

Prison party: Drug convicts get privileges on special holiday

Jul 12, 2016 - 9:19 PM

In Indonesia where drug laws are among the strictest in the region drug convicts get a respite once a year

New Central Visayas top cop to men: Produce results or be relieved

Jul 07, 2016 - 11:08 AM

Chief Superintendent Noli Taliño gives police officers in the region until Friday July 8 to arrest top drug personalities in their areas

2 Kalibo airport employees fired for drug abuse

Jun 15, 2016 - 1:24 PM

Civil aviation authorities say the random drug test was conducted on 125 regular employees of the Kalibo International Airport

CloseUp concert tragedy: Paalala sa tamang paggamit ng gamot

Jun 13, 2016 - 6:25 PM

Panawagan ng maraming grupo ngayon na gawing legal ang mga ipinagbabawal na gamot upang higit na mapangasiwaan ang paggamit nito

CONCERT DRUGS. The National Bureau of Investigation shows journalists samples of illegal drugs normally confiscated at rave parties. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

PNP: Drugs not sold at Closeup event

Jun 06, 2016 - 6:58 PM

We can prove that those victims who took advantage of the event took drugs outside the event says the NCRPO

Music, drugs, and alcohol: Do young Filipinos party to get high?

Jun 01, 2016 - 3:53 PM

The deaths after the recent Closeup Forever Summer concert put the spotlight on the local party scene and drug abuse among the youth

PARTY REVELER. Is there a prevalence of drug use in the local party scene? Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

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May 31, 2016 - 8:27 PM

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Sotto warns of abuse of over-the-counter pain-reliever 'Wari'

May 31, 2016 - 5:41 PM

WariActiv pain reliever spray contains ethyl chloride the same component of shabu says Senator Vicente Sotto III

WATCH: Life imitates art: 'West Wing' star Allison Janney speaks at White House

Apr 30, 2016 - 10:15 AM

In a skit before raising awareness on heroin use Allison Janney who played White House press secretary on The West Wing takes the place of Barack Obama s spokesman

TAKING THE PODIUM. Allison Janney, in character as West Wing press secretary CJ Cregg, delivers remarks on opioid addiction at the beginning of the daily press briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 29 April 2016. Photo from EPA/SHAWN THEW

Obama announces new steps to fight painkiller epidemic

Mar 29, 2016 - 11:23 PM

Forty Americans die each day from prescription opioid overdoses according to the US Centers for Disease Control

BARACK OBAMA. US President Barack Obama looks on as he delivers the keynote address at the awards dinner for Syracuse University's Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC, USA, March 28, 2016. Photo by Olivier Douliery/EPA

House forms technical working group on medical marijuana bill

Aug 11, 2015 - 4:57 PM

Advocates say the creation of the technical working group is an important step toward the passage of the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Bill but the Dangerous Drugs Board thinks the bill is unnecessary

WADA alarmed by new athletics doping scandal

Aug 02, 2015 - 3:15 PM

The new allegations say that leaked results from 12 000 blood tests on 5 000 competitors by the International Association of Athletics Federations IAAF show the wide extent of cheating in the sport

Craig Reedie, the new president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), addresses the media during a press conference at the end of 2013 World Conference on Doping in Sports in Johannesburg, on November 15, 2013. Alexander Joe/AFP

Indonesian anti-drugs chief warns against foreign boyfriends

Jun 26, 2015 - 9:47 PM

Head of the national anti drugs agency Anang Iskandar says that many Indonesian women were languishing in prisons abroad because they are easily tricked into drug trafficking

Six Russians die, 36 in hospital after smoking designer drug

Sep 26, 2014 - 8:34 PM

The victims are aged between 18 and 35 and have died after using an unknown substance which they had bought in Surgut

S. Korean actresses convicted of propofol abuse

Nov 27, 2013 - 9:00 AM

Park Si Yeon Lee Seung Yeon Jang Mi In Ae charged for abusing the same drug blamed in the death of Michael Jackson

PARK SI-YEON. The actress received the so-called propofol 'milk shot' 185 times from February 2011 to last December. Photo from Park Si-Yeon Philippines Facebook

Gretchen: 'Claudine confined for drug abuse'

Oct 03, 2013 - 7:49 PM

Actress releases statement saying Raymart is telling the truth

FAMILY SITUATION. Claudine and Miguel Barretto. Photo from her Facebook

Backstreet Boys member authors memoir

May 24, 2013 - 2:00 PM

Backstreet Boys Nick Carter is set to launch an autobiographical book in September

FACING THE MUSIC. Nick Carter speaks out in his new book 'Facing the Music and Living to Talk About It.' Photo from the Nick Carter Facebook page