Metro Manila - The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) warned the public on the seven additional substances included in the list of dangerous drugs.
In an article on state media Philippines News Agency (PNA), PDEA Director General Isidro Lapeña said the following substances were classified harmful drugs based on the recommendations and standards of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND):
ACETYLFENTANYL is a painkiller which is five times more powerful than heroin. It is disguised as oxycodone, another pain reliever.
MT-45 is a piperazine (used to fight parasitic infections) derivative with potent analgesic activity comparable to morphine.
PARA-METHOXYMETHYLAMPHETAMINE (PPMA) is a stimulant and psychedelic recreational drug which may be used as substitute to ecstasy. It can cause hallucinations and fatal rise in body temperature.
Alpha-PYRROLIDINOVALEROPHENONE (a-PVP) is a psychomotor stimulant which may cause cardiotoxicity, violent behavior, and display of psychotic behavior.
Para-METHYLAMINOREX (4,4'-DMAR) is a new and potentially lethal designer drug.
METHOXETAMINE (MXE) is a new recreational drug, structural analog of ketamine (mainly used for starting and maintaining anesthesia) with potent hallucinogenic properties.
PHENAZEPAM - it is a benzodiazepine (known as tranquilizers) with anxiolytic, euphoric, anti-convulsant, amnestic, muscle relaxant, and hypnotic (sleep-inducing) effects.
Lapeña said PDEA will include the said substances in the regulatory monitoring of license registration, and import or export permit authorization. Those possessing the new dangerous drugs will immediately face arrest.
He added the agency has also tapped the Philippine National Police (PNP), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Bureau of Customs (BOC) and other instrumentalities in the field of drug law enforcement to help them monitor all dangerous drugs coming in and out of the country.