|Legal Status||Class C|
Penalty for possession: Up to two years in prison and / or an unlimited fine.
Penalty for dealing: Up to 14 years in prison and / or an unlimited fine.
Buprenorphine is a synthetic thebaine derivative that has both analgesic and opioids antagonist properties. It will potentially reduce the effects of other co-ingested opiates, in particular inducing withdrawal in patients dependent on highly potent opioids.
Identified in Sweden: 7-chloro-5-(2-fluorophenyl)-1,3-dihydro-1,4-benzodiazepin-2-one (norfludiazepam). Norfludiazepam is a benzodiazepine and is structurally related to the internationally controlled substance diazepam.
WEDINOS Service upgrade…: Great news following Welsh Governments recent funding of the project until 2025, all our new analytical tools are in place. Our analysts have completed their training and familiarisation and will, over the next fortnight, be working through the backlog of samples generated as a result of this necessary pause in service. Normal testing and service turnaround times should resume at the beginning of June. We thank you for your continued support and patience.