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What are Piperazines?
Piperazines are a broad class of chemical compounds which mimic the effects of ecstasy. They were produced as a legal alternative to ecstasy (though have since been classified as Class C drugs) and have been found as a cutting agent in some ecstasy pills. The best known piperazines are BZP (benzylpiperazine), TFMPP, DBZP and mCPP.
The key effects and risks of piperazines include:
- Feelings of arousal, euphoria, wakefulness and wellbeing
- Agitation, vomiting, stomach pain, fits, irregular heart rhythms, diarrhoea, allergic reactions and fever have been reported.
Piperazines can come in various forms and shapes. Pills can be red, blue, pink, white, off-white, purple, orange, tan, and mottled orange-brown and cost £5-10. They can carry an impression such as a housefly, crown, heart, butterfly, smiley face, bull’s head, autobot, bird flying, Mickey Mouse, five pointed star, Superman and a witches hat.
Piperazines are also sold as an off-white powder, in capsules and as a liquid.