The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said new psychoactive substances have entered the country and are being sold in the dark Web.
“There is a trend now called new psychoactive substances,” PDEA spokesperson Derrick Arnold C. Carreon. “Ito pong party drugs natin (these party drugs) are sourced from outside the country. For instance, ito pong (this) ecstasy is from either Amsterdam or itong (this) last shipment was from France. Ito naman pong (these) industrial cleaners were, well of course, they were available from online and so many other illicit sources. The dark Web is one major threat to us and you know how kids are they have access to all sorts of information,” he said.
Mr. Carreon also noted that the new psychoactive substances are not covered by the current law on illegal drugs, citing party drug Gamma Butyrolactone.
“We’re currently moving towards its inclusion because its other variant Gamma Hydroxybutyrate or GHB which is liquid ecstasy is already included and this is used in tandem with other party drugs like ecstasy,” he said.
Despite this, Mr. Carreon said the agency is “on the right track” in its crackdown of illegal drug dealings in the country, with the provinces of Batanes, Romblon and Southern Leyte declared drug-free. — Vann Marlo M. Villegas