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Los Angeles, 7 November 2012 – The Philippines, led by the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), is observing Drug Abuse Prevention and Control (DAPC) Week from 11 to 17 November 2012.

 The theme of this year’s observance is HEALTH: “Kalusugan ay KayamananDroga Ay Iwasan.”  The promotion of a healthy lifestyle is one of the priorities under the government’s comprehensive policy on drug prevention and control.

 The declaration of “Drug Abuse Prevention Week” every third week of November every year was made pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 124 issued on 26 November 2001.

 The DDB is the National policy-making and strategy formulating body on all matters pertaining to drug abuse prevention and control in the Philippines.   It created the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) under the Office of the President which enforces the Philippine drug law.

 In the United States, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is mandated to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations and bring to the criminal and civil justice system of the United States, or any other competent jurisdiction, those organizations and principal members of organizations, involved in the growing, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the United States.

Information on above-mentioned agencies are available on the following websites:

Drug Enforcement Agency (DDB): www.ddb.gov.ph

PHL Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA): http://www.pdea.gov.ph/

U.S. DEA – http://www.justice.gov/dea/index.shtml

The Philippines and United States are active partners and participate in bilateral, regional and international cooperative projects to combat drug-trafficking.


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