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Philippines

  • By: John H. Barnhill
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

The Philippines is an Asian nation composed of an archipelago between the Philippine Sea and the South China Sea, east of Vietnam. The country is a major consumer of amphetamines, with approximately 2.4 percent of the population using amphetamine annually. Production of methamphetamine has increased, and the Philippines is also a major marijuana-producing nation, especially in rural areas where governmental control is limited. Despite recent government crackdowns, drug production, trafficking, and use continue to be problematic.

The Philippines has serious problems with both illegal and legal drugs. Regulation of illegal trafficking and consumption are hamstrung by inept or corrupt officials, and the policy regarding legal drugs fails to provide affordable medications to the Philippine people. The Philippines has long remained committed to a total eradication policy.

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