SEVEN new dangerous drugs have been included in the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and its Commission on Narcotics Drugs’ list of banned substances subject for confiscation by authorities, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency announced yesterday.
PDEA Director General Isidro S. Lapeña warned the public to be wary of the seven additional substances in the UN list of dangerous drugs.
He said the UNODC listed as dangerous the following substances:
a. ACETYLFENTANYL – is a powerful painkiller which is five times more potent than heroin. It is disguised as oxycodone. Manifestations of overdose are lethargic look, disoriented, shallow breathing, a slow heart rate and low blood pressure;
b. MT-45 – is a piperazine derivative with potent analgesic activity comparable to morphine;
c.PARA-METHOXYMETHYLAMPHETAMINE (PPMA) – 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;
d. Alpha-PYRROLIDINOVALEROPHENONE (a-PVP) – it is a psychomotor stimulant which may cause cardiotoxicity, violent behavior and display of psychotic behavior;
e. 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;
f.METHOXETAMINE (MXE) – is a new recreational drug, structural analog of ketamine with potent hallucinogenic properties; and
g. PHENAZEPAM – it is a benzodiazepine with anxiolytic, euphoric, anti-convulsant, amnestic, muscle relaxant, and hypnotic (sleep-inducing) effects.
“Based on the foregoing recommendations, PDEA as the lead anti-drug agency in partnership with the PNP, the National Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Customs and other instrumentalities in the field of drug law enforcement, will include these substances in the regulatory monitoring of license registration, and import/export permit authorization and will arrest those possessing these new dangerous drugs,” Lapeña said.