Most drug pushers are young males with low education, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says

Most drug pushers arrested by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency are young males who dropped out of high school, the agency’s statistics suggest.

Most drug pushers arrested by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency are young males who dropped out of high school, the agency’s statistics suggest.

 

Jing Villamente of the Manila Times reports PDEA director general Arturo Cacdac Jr. has released the demographics of street-level pushers PDEA has arrested and sent to rehabilitation centers. According to the profile, male drug pushers outnumber females by six to one. The average age of a drug pusher is 29, and most of them "have poor educational background and were unable to finish high school." Most of the drug pushers arrested PDEA were married.

 

Close to three-fourths, 73 percent, of pushers arrested were selling methamphetamine hydrochloride while 26 percent were caught selling marijuana. One percent of pushers arrested by PDEA were selling ecstasy.

 

"From January to October 2012, PDEA has arrested a total of 5,025 drug pushers and 1,850 substance abusers nationwide. We are continuously intensifying our anti-illegal drug operations to neutralize sources of illegal drugs, and at the same time strengthening our anti-drug advocacy campaigns," Cacdac said.

 

For more on this report, log on to the Manila Times.

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