- Drug use had a decreasing trend for years 2003 to 2011. However, drug use among high school students aged 13-15 years old increased from 4.2% in 2011 to 10.1% in 2015.
One in ten of high school students aged 13-15 years old ever used drugs
- In 2015, 10.1% of high school students aged 13-15 years old ever used drugs in the Philippines.
- Males (12.3%) were more likely to use drugs than the females (8.1%).
Of those who ever used marijuana or amphetamines/methamphetamines one or more times during their life, the males (8.6%, 6.1%) registered a higher proportion of users as compared to the females (5.3%, 3.5%), respectively.
Eight in ten high school students ever used drugs before age 14
- In 2015, 77.7% of high school students reported to have used drugs for the first time before they turned 14 years old.
Figure 4. Drug Initiation among High School Students Before the Age 14 Years, Philippines: 2015
Females more prone to use drugs for the first time than males
- Females (83.0%) were more likely than the males (74.5%) to have first used drugs before the age 14 years.
- Almost 6 out of 10 fourth year high school students initiated drug use before age 14 years.