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    Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chairman Anselmo S. Avenido Jr. has
    recommended to the Dangerous Drugs Board that three chemicals used in the
    manufacture of shabu be classified as dangerous drugs. Avenido also asked
    that imports of the three chemicals -- Ephedrine and Thionyl Chloride, two
    ingredients used in making shabu -- and Ketamine, a substance which is fast
    gaining popularity as a drug of abuse in Asia, Europe and the United States
    ' be immediately seized and destroyed.

    In a letter to Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary and
    concurrent DDB officer-in-charge Jose D. Lina Jr., Avenido said Ephedrine
    and its isomers, Pseudoephedrine and Norephedrine, should be reclassified
    from the category of "controlled precursor and essential chemical" to
    "dangerous drugs."

    He cited Section 93, Article 11 of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive
    Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 as his basis in making the recommendation.

    Alfred Dalizon


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