The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) named seven (7) new additional substances to be included on the list of dangerous drugs based on the recommendations of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNOD), Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND).
The 7 new dangerous drugs are:
- ACETYLFENTANYL, a powerful painkiller, which is five times more potent than heroin. It is disguised as oxycodone. Overdose of the drug result to lethargy, disorientations, shallow breathing, bradycardia (slow heart rate), and hypotension (low blood pressure)
- MT-45 – is a piperazine derivative with potent analgesic activity comparable to morphine;
- PARA-METHOXYMETHYLAMPHETAMINE (PMMA) – it is a stimulant and psychedelic recreational drug which may be used as substitute to ecstasy. It has hallucinogenic effect and can cause fatal rise in temperature;
- Alpha-PYRROLIDINOVALEROPHENONE (a-PVP) – it is a psychomotor stimulant which may cause cardiotoxicity, violent behavior and display of psychotic behavior;
- Para-METHYLAMINOREX (4,4’-DMAR) – it is a synthetic stimulant designer drug related to 4-methylaminorex and pemoline. It is a new and potentially lethal designer drug;
- METHOXETAMINE (MXE) – is a new recreational drug, structural analog of ketamine with potent hallucinogenic properties; and
- PHENAZEPAM – it is a benzodiazepine with anxiolytic, euphoric, anti-convulsant, amnestic, muscle relaxant, and hypnotic (sleep-inducing) effects.
PDEA Director General Isidro S. Lapeña said that PDEA, in partnership with the Philippine National Police (PNP), National Bureau of Inverstigation (NBI), Bureau of Customs (BOC) and other instrumentalities in the field of drug law enforcement, will included these subsctances in the regulatory monitoring of license registration, and import/export permit authorization and will arrest those possessing these new dangerous drugs.