Drugs board to declare new prohibited drugs
by JMD Abangan
Tagum City (5 December) -- The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) is about to classify drugs that could be considered as substitute to the much known "Ecstasy".
DDB Assistant Secretary Rommel Garcia revealed during the recently held seminar for media practitioners that DDB will soon classify "Benzyl Piperazine" as a prohibited drug.
"It has an 'Ecstasy' effect," he told participants to the seminar.
A physician by profession, Garcia said the DDB is tasked to either classify, declassify or reclassify drugs.
Basing on reports from allied enforcement agency, particularly the Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Dr. Garcia said Benzyl Piperazine would be declared as completely banned.
Meanwhile, Dr. Garcia revealed that DDB had passed a board resolution last November requiring all manufacturers of adhesive products such as Rugby to mix manufacturing of such products with mustard oil.
Dr. Garcia explained the move as a way of discouraging the much known "Rugby boys" from sniffing the aromatic adhesive substance.
He said DDB took long to decide on incorporating substance that would dispel the addictive aroma because shoe and furniture manufacturers were initially against the idea.
"We still have to study how a substance being added to the adhesive material would affect its efficacy," he explained. (PIA XI) [top]