What is APB?

5-APB and/or 6-APB are drugs commonly found in the product ‘Benzo Fury’. They are stimulants like ecstasy and amphetamines (such as speed).

They can cause:

  • Temporary feelings of love and affection for other people.
  • Feelings of anxiety or even panic attacks.
  • Paranoid and confused states.
  • A rise in body temperature which could lead to overheating.
  • Overdose and death.

When ‘Benzo Fury’ has been tested and it usually contains either 5-APB or 6-APB, but sometimes entirely different drugs are found. So you cannot be certain what a product like ‘Benzo Fury’ actually contains – and what effect it will have on you. It might not even be legal.

6-APB/5-APB is a relatively new drug so not a lot is known about the long term effects. As they act like ecstasy and amphetamines it is likely that the risks will also be similar.
APDB compounds, such as 5-APDB and 6-APDB, are very similar to APB compounds, with similar effects but have slightly different chemical structures.

Benzofuran compounds banned permanently as of 10th June 2014

The benzofuran compounds are related to the family of controlled drugs, which includes ecstasy, and were subjected to a temporary class drug order in June 2013. These compounds were most commonly sold in samples of the ‘legal high’ brand name ‘Benzo Fury’ and marketed as legal alternatives to Class A drugs like cocaine and ecstasy.

Their harms include insomnia, increased heart rate and anxiety, with some users reporting ecstasy-like symptoms. Long-term use can also lead to cardiac poisoning. The benzofuran compounds, including their simple derivatives, are being permanently controlled as Class B drugs under the 1971 Act using a generic definition with the intention that control will capture a range of compounds and therefore both current and future or foreseeable substances. The benzofuran compounds are inserted into Schedule 1 to the 2001 Regulations and will only be available for research or other special purpose under a Home Office licence as they have no recognised legitimate medicinal uses.

Banned from 10th June 2013

On 10th June 2013, 5-APB, 6-APB, 5-APDB and 6-APDB will be banned by the Government under a temporary class drug order. This means that most samples of ‘Benzo Fury’ will now be illegal and 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.

Until recently ‘Benzo Fury’ has been sold as a ‘legal high’.

6-APB/5-APB is commonly found in ‘Benzo Fury’ which is sold in the form of:

  • coloured tablets, which are called ‘pellets’
  • a white or brown powder
  • variously coloured capsules

The tablets are usually sold for £10 each while one gram of powder is usually sold for about £35.