A Study on Illicit Drug Users in the Philippines

OPMAC Corporation in partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

A study conducted for JICA, as preparatory work for its Project for Introducing Evidence-Based Relapse Prevention Program to Drug Dependence Treatment and Rehabilitation Centers in the Philippines with the Department of Health. The main objective of the data collection activities is for identifying the baseline status of drug users in the Philippines. The scope of work covered are:

(1) Coordination work, preparation, and implementation of the four project components:

a. Component 1 – Pre-testing of the Tagalog-translated Mini-International Neuropsychiatric Interview (M.I.N.I) with newly admitted patients at the DOH-Treatment and Rehabilitation Center in Bicutan;

b. Component 2 – Data collection from all eligible patients in the 14 DOH Treatment and Rehabilitation Centers nationwide, using the local-language translated versions of the Drug Abuse Screening Test 20 (DAST20), Stimulant Relapse Risk Scale (SRRS), and a personal information questionnaire;

c. Component 3 – Data collection from eligible surrendered drug users from Kalibo, Aklan, and from Barangays Greater Lagro and Novaliches Proper, Quezon City using the local-language translated versions of the Drug Abuse Screening Test 20 (DAST20), Stimulant Relapse Risk Scale (SRRS), and a personal information questionnaire; and

d. Component 4 – Coordination work for arrangements with the Bicutan and Bataan DOH-TRCs on semi-structured interviews conducted by OPMAC Corp. with selected admitted patients.

(2) Encoding and report generation for all data collected.