|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.
Phenazepam is used in Russia for the treatment of neurological disorders such as epilsepsy, Alcohol Withdrawal symptoms and Insomnia. It can be used as a pre-medication before surgery as a Sedative, it reduces anxiety to induce sleep and is a muscle relaxant. It is not used medically in the UK. It is a powerful central nervous system depressant, sedative and anticonvulsant. Reports suggest phenazepam is approximately five times stronger than Valium.
|Short Term Effects||
Phanazepam induces relaxation, and the relief of tension and anxiety. Other effects include drowsiness, light-headedness, loss of coordination, confusion & forgetfulness, hiccups. Reports suggest Phenazepam is approximately five times stronger than Valium (another well known benzodiazepine). Overdose - there is the potential for users to re-dose before the onset of the effects of the original dose, as effects do not reach their peak until 2 to 3 hours after an oral dose has been taken, this significantly increases the risk of overdose. This risk further increases if combined with other drugs and / or Alcohol. Accidents are a risk whilst under the influence. May be mis-sold or mistaken for other Benzodiazepines such as Valium so users will be unaware of the stronger effects and associated risks.
|Long Term Effects||
Tolerance and dependence can develop. Severe withdrawal symptoms if suddenly stopped, and panic attacks, severe anxiety and convulsions may occur.
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.
Fentanyls Information: UK and Ireland Drugwatch have developed an information sheet relating to Fentanyls. This information can be accessed here: http://www.thedrugswheel.com/fentanyls.php