What is the history of drug abuse in the Philippines?

Drug abuse has become a mojor issue in th Phillipines over the past 30 years. While in 1972 there were only 20,000 reported drug users in the Philippines, by 2004, 6.7 million users were reported. The most popular illegal drugs are marijuana and a product known as shabu, a mix of Methamphetamine hydrochloride and caffine. While the complete reasons for this spike in drug popularity are unknown, it likely was in part caused in part by the leniency in drug laws until the enaction of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.