Drug Users Are Targeted for Death in the Phillipines

The Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has declared war on drugs and drug users. "Please feel free to call us, the police, or do it yourself if you have the gun — you have my support," President Rodrigo Duterte said. "Shoot [them] and I'll give you a medal." There have been 6,775 deaths since July 1, 2016. Bodies show up on the streets daily with cardboard signs describing their drug crimes. Listen in to this group of former substance abusers talk about this horrendous situation.

Discussion Guide:

Have you, as a substance abuser, been the subject of hatred?

Shabu (crystal meth) is the drug of choice in Asian countries since the 1970's. Have you smoked crystal meth? Why do people continue to use Shabu in light of the threat of death?

Do you believe that eradicating drug users and dealers will stop the influx of substances into the country?

Informants identify which individuals are targeted. Have you, or do you know someone, who gave up names of drug dealers to the police? What are your thoughts about doing so?

In the Philippines there is a surrender list in which a drug user may be given a second chance. Would you risk placing yourself on a surrender list?

Supplemental Reading:

Up Close and Personal with the Philippine Drug War, http://read:https://www.thefix.com/front-lines-philippines-drug-war