3rd June 2013. 6-APB/5-APB (more commonly known as ‘Benzo Fury’) will be banned by the Government under a temporary class drug order.

6-APB/5-APB will be banned on 10th June 2013 and will remain illegal for at least 12 months while drug experts consider their full range of harms. It is therefore illegal to sell, supply or give away these substances to friends. If the police suspects that you have a ‘legal high’ which contains a temporary class drug, they can confiscate the substance and dispose of it. Supplying someone else, including your friends, can get you fourteen years in jail and/or an unlimited fine under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

The temporary ban follows a recommendation from an independent body of experts, the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD). During the temporary ban period, the ACMD will continue to investigate the effects of 6-APB/5-APB and will make a recommendation to the Government whether it should be permanently controlled.

What is ‘Benzo Fury’?

‘Benzo Fury’ is a product that until recently has been sold as a ‘legal high’. It commonly contains 5-APB and/or 6-APB, stimulants which act like amphetamines (such as speed) and ecstasy.

Why is there concern about ‘Benzo Fury’?

‘Benzo Fury’ commonly contains 5-APB and/or 6-APB which can lead to:

  • Temporary feelings of love and affection for other people.
  • Feeling of anxiety or even panic attacks, and/or paranoid/confused states.
  • Possible escalating use and dependence.
  • Risks of overdose and overheating.

Read more about ‘Benzo Fury’

Read more about legal highs

FRANK News. Published 3rd June 2013.