What does it look like?
Phenazepam is mainly sold either as a fine white powder or as a liquid.
Phenazepam can be snorted or swallowed. Like other benzodiazepines, phenazepam can be used as a chill out drug. Some people may use it to help them to come down off acid, speed or ecstasy after a big night.
But phenazepam is very strong and so it is easy to take too much and overdose. Some users have ended up in hospital after taking too much.
How does it make you feel?
Phenazepam is a powerful benzodiazepine.
- It provides a sedative effect, relieving tension and anxiety, and making the user feel calm and relaxed.
- It can also cause a loss of coordination, dizziness and drowsiness.
- Big doses can make a user forgetful and send them to sleep or potentially put them into a coma.
How long the effects last and the drug stays in your system depends on how much you’ve taken, your size, whether you’ve eaten and what other drugs you may have also taken.
Physical health risks
Taking phenazepam does involve risks. Here’s what it could do to you:
- Phenazepam is a powerful benzodiazepine and it is easy to take too much and overdose.
- Phenazepam is a depressant so mixing it with other depressant drugs like heroin, other tranquillisers or alcohol, can lead to an accidental overdose and possibly death.
- It takes a couple of hours for the effects of phenazepam to kick in. This means that there is a risk that people will re-dose before they feel the effects and increase their risk of overdosing.
- Phenazepam is used to make fake Valium (diazepam). People have taken what they thought was a normal Valium dose, but is in fact a high dose of phenazepam, and have ended up in hospital.
What is phenazepam cut with?
Medical phenazepam will be pure, but there is no way of knowing whether the phenazepam you are buying/taking is pure or not.
Is it dangerous to mix with other drugs?
You increase the risks to yourself if you combine phenazepam and alcohol - phenazepam is a depressant and if taken with other depressant drugs like alcohol, it can lead to an accidental overdose and possibly death.
Can you get addicted?
Benzodiazepines like phenazepam can cause serious psychological and physical addiction.
Because of the development of tolerance , some users have to keep increasing their dose to get the same hit or to just try and feel normal again.
If you have used phenazepam for a long period of time you may experience substantial withdrawal symptoms when you stop, including anxiety, insomnia and tremors; and as for all minor tranquillisers, these problems could last for a long time.
This is a Class C drug, which means it's illegal to have for yourself, give away or sell.
Possession can get you up to 2 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both.
Supplying someone else, even your friends, can get you up to 14 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both.
Like drink-driving, driving when high is dangerous and illegal. If you’re caught driving under the influence, you may receive a heavy fine, driving ban, or prison sentence.
If the police catch people supplying illegal drugs in a home, club, bar or hostel, they can potentially prosecute the landlord, club owner or any other person concerned in the management of the premises.