Drug abuse among the youth is a widespread problem in many countries including the Philippines. Thus, this
study was conducted to determine the root causes of drug abuse among students in colleges as an avenue in looking for possible
solutions. Mere law enforcement activities will be ineffective in curbing the prevalent drug abuse if its root causes will not be
properly addressed. With this, there is a need to know the causes of drug abuse as a framework in re-aligning the prevention and
rehabilitation programs to ensure its effectiveness. Survey instruments and interview were employed as techniques in gathering
data. The respondents includes the law enforcement agencies handling drug related cases such as the police and drug enforcers.
College faculty and staff whose function is related in handling cases of students were also included. The result of this study
revealed that the top ten causes of drug abuse among students in colleges are peer influence, lack of attention from parents, serious
problems in the family, lack of guidance from parents, weak foundation on moral values, suffering frustrations, absence of school
anti-drug abuse council, lack of drug abuse prevention activities, means to temporarily forget problems, and lack of concern from
faculty and staff.