What is AH-7921?
AH-7921 is a man-made (synthetic) opioid (an opium) or heroin like drug. Like all opioids it can reduce feelings of pain and can produce feelings of euphoria, relaxation and sleepiness. But it has been linked to a number of deaths across Europe, including in the UK.
AH-7921 was developed by a pharmaceutical company in the 1970s, with animal tests establishing that it is similar to morphine.
However, research into AH-7921 never progressed to human tests and there is no published research on its effects and toxicity on humans.
AH-7921 is normally available as a white powder.
How do people take AH-7921?
As a powder AH-7921 could be snorted or ‘bombed’ (rolled up in a cigarette paper and swallowed) or placed under the tongue. There have also been reports that people have used AH-7921 by putting it up their bum or by injecting it.
What are the effects of AH-7921?
As with all opiates the effects of taking AH-7921 include:
- Pain relief,
- Euphoria or well-being,
- Relaxation, and
Users have also reported occasional itching, nausea and tremors.
What are the risks of taking AH-7921?
As AH-7921 is an opiate the risks and side-effects from taking it include:
- Nausea and retching.
- Dizziness or fainting.
- Suppression of normal breathing, and risk of respiratory arrest (when you stop breathing altogether).
- There is a greater risk of overdose and death if you mix AH-7921 with other drugs that suppress breathing such as alcohol, benzodiazepines (like diazepam or Valium), and/or other opiate drugs (like heroin).
- If you inject AH-7921 you can do nasty damage to your veins and arteries, and this can lead to gangrene (death of body tissue, usually a finger, toe or a limb), blood clots/thromboses and to infections.
- There are also risks from sharing needles, syringes and other equipment used for injecting – with the danger of developing serious tissue infections or sharing viral infections like hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV.
AH-7921 and alcohol
Mixing any opiate with alcohol, or with other sedatives such as benzodiazepines, can have serious consequences: an overdose is more likely, and this can lead to a coma or respiratory failure and death.
FRANK is currently not aware of any evidence that shows that AH-7921 is being cut (having powders added to bulk them up and increase profits) or that it has been contaminated during production and shipment.
However, just because AH-7921 isn’t illegal, doesn’t mean you can be sure of what you are actually buying. The AH-7921 you buy could be mixed with other ‘legal highs’ or an illegal drug; testing of other ‘legal highs’ has shown that they sometimes contain additional substances which are illegal.
Can you get addicted to AH-7921?
Animal testing and user reports suggest that, as with other opiates, you can build a tolerance and become dependent to AH-7921.
AH-7921 and the law
AH-7921 became a Class A drug In January 2015. This means that it is illegal to have for yourself, give away or sell:
•Possession of AH-7921 can get you up to seven years in jail and/or an unlimited fine.
•Supplying someone else, even your friends, with AH-7921 can get you up to life imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine.
If the Police catch you with AH-7921, they’ll always take some action. This could include a formal caution, arrest and prosecution.
Did you know?
- Mixing drugs with driving is illegal and can be very dangerous. It may lead to you having an accident and injuring yourself or your friends.
- You could still be unfit to drive the day after using AH-7921.
- You can get a heavy fine, be disqualified from driving or even go to prison if you take AH-7921 and it affects how you drive.