What is Phenazepam?

Phenazepam is a powerful benzodiazepine, which are drugs referred to as minor tranquillisers because they relieve tension and anxiety, and help the user feel calm and relaxed. Phenazepam has been reported as approximately five times stronger than Valium (another well known tranquilliser), so it is easy to take too much and overdose. Phenazepam is not used in the UK as a medicine, but it is used in Russia to treat epilepsy and neurological disorders. Phenazepam was previously sold and marketed as a ‘legal high’ or as fake Valium.

The key effects and risks of phenazepam include:

  • A sedative effect, relieving tension and anxiety, and making the user feel calm and relaxed.
  • A loss of coordination, dizziness and drowsiness.
  • 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.

On 13 June 2012, Phenazepam was made a Class C drug, which means it is now illegal to have for yourself, give away or sell.

What does phenazepam look like?

Phenazepam is mainly sold either as a fine white powder or as a liquid.
Phenazepam costs between £18 and £20 for one gram of powder and £12.50 for a 20ml bottle of liquid phenazepam.