Dr. Francisco A. Magno teaches at De La Salle University where he is the Director of the JMR Institute of Governance. He has conducted teaching and research in various academic institutions, including University of Hawaii, Florida State University, Waseda University, Hiroshima University, University of Reading, and University of the Philippines. He received an Outstanding Young Scientist Award from the National Academy of Science and Technology in 2000. He is the President of the Philippine Political Science Association from 2015 to 2017.
Tyrone Hodges is a graduate student in the Masters of Science in International Development and Masters in Business Administration programs at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in New York. He is currently in the Philippines as an exchange student at De La Salle University. He has over 16 years of experience in the Healthcare and Business Consulting profession.
Addressing the Illegal Drug Problem through Health Informatics
The literature indicates that criminal justice instruments alone cannot address the criminal, health, and social problems arising from the use and trade of illegal drugs (Buxton, Haden and Mathias 2008). In countries where war-centered drug control strategies were undertaken, the tide of public opinion had shifted from criminal justice approaches towards prevention and treatment measures (Lock, Timberlake and Rasinski 2002). One of the key mechanisms for combating the illegal drug problem is through health informatics. This paper will build on studies that show how health database systems can be utilized in setting up prescription drug monitoring programs that benefit both law enforcement and health care delivery systems (Deyo, Irvine, Millet, Beran, O’Kane, Wight and McCarty 2013). It will consider how investments in health information systems can contribute to efforts at controlling the drug menace.