A Synthetic Drug Called Benzo Fury – “The Legal Killer”

May 8, 2013

Today there are many different synthetic drugs which are created to simulate other illegal drugs, displaying a myraid of effects due to its toxic properties and its “unknown source.”

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May 8, 2013 — Today there are many different synthetic drugs which are created to simulate other illegal drugs, displaying a myraid of effects due to its toxic properties and its “unknown source.” There is no standard in the creation of synthetic drugs because it is all up to the “illegal chemist” to decide how much of what goes into their product—not caring for the unpredictable reactions it causes to its user. Common forms of synthetic drugs may be synthetic marijuana called spice and bathsalts, which aim to mimic the effects of cocaine or methamphetamine. Another type of synthetic high called “Benzo Fury” is still legal for sale in both the United States and the United Kingdom. It is a synthetic drug, which is gaining a lot of speculation as its popularity grows. In the UK, Benzo Fury is reputed to be widely available in clubs, bars and convenience stores.

The effects of Benzo Fury are basically similar to taking a combination of a stimulant and a hallucinogen. This mix provides a powerful high, although it is experienced differently amongst different individuals. Although still legal, many are worried about the unexplained effects that this synthetic drug may have. First, many are led to believe that Benzo Fury has the potential to be addictive. While hallucinogenic drugs don’t hold any particular risk for addiction alone—as they do not affect the production of dopamine or serotonin— stimulants certainly do affect the production of both chemicals in the brain in which it is sped up. Since Benzo Fury does have considerable stimulant effects it would not be shocking for individuals to become addicted to it over a short period of time.

Another concern that many have for the synthetic drug known as Benzo Fury is the composition contained in the pill. Nearly all synthetic drugs omit a clear description of what is included in the packaging, and most of the user population would not recognize or bother to look up. It should be well known that synthetic drug batches tend to vary in ingredients and chemical compositions from day-to-day, or week-to-week. It is highly uncommon for any one recipe of a synthetic drug to be used for a substantial amount of time. This is how most ‘legal highs’ continue to avoid the law. The problem here is that a high amount of these chemical compositions can be potentially fatal, some even far more harmful than the drugs they mimic. This danger is also present in Benzo Fury users who may not be aware of chemical changes in the synthetic drug.

Going hand and hand with the changes in chemical composition and harmful side-effects are the high risk for accidental overdose and life threatening behavior. In recent times, there has been more than enough erratic and fatal behaviors in the news linked to synthetic drugs for most of the population to be aware that there is a dangerous side to these legal highs. Individuals will react differently to the same drug. While some may not experience much and others may have an enjoyable trip, others still may enter a hellish nightmare of a trip and this can be dangerous to themselves and those around them. Using Benzo Fury may be considered “ok” because of its legal status, however, users should still be wary of the harsh and dangerous side of synthetic drugs. Alcohol is a perfect example of a “legal killer,” killing hundreds a day from organ failure, addiction, accidents, and bad judgment. Benzo Fury is as unpromising and risky as its name suggests.

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Benzo Fury' may harbor addiction riskBenzo Fury’ may harbor addiction risk

A party drug available over the Internet and often taken by young people in Britain and the United States may harbor unknown risks because it has both stimulant and hallucinogenic effects, scientists said on Tuesday. Researchers who analyzed the effect of the drug called “Benzo Fury” on the brains of rats found it had similar effects to some illegal drugs such as amphetamines or cocaine, which can cause hallucinations and are also addictive. “It’s in the combination of these stimulant and hallucinogenic properties that the greatest danger lies,” Jolanta Opacka-Juffry of Britain’s University of Roehampton, who led the study, said.

Benzo Fury is one of the most popular “legal highs” in Britain and is also sold in the United States, the experts who conducted the study said. Such drugs are mostly synthetic laboratory-designed substances that imitate the effects of illegal drugs such as cannabis, amphetamine or ecstasy.

Experts who presented a study of Benzo Fury at a British Neuroscience Association conference in London said it appears to be fairly easy to buy via the Internet, at music festivals and in clubs – priced at around 10 pounds ($15.35) a pill.

Speaking at the conference, Opacka-Juffry said it showed how the active ingredient in Benzo Fury, known as 5-APB, behaves a bit like amphetamine – in other words like a stimulant with addictive potential, and like a hallucinogen, which effects brain receptors of the hormone serotonin.

“Pure hallucinogens are not addictive as such because they do not cause an increase in dopamine release, unlike amphetamine or cocaine,” she said. “But Benzo Fury with its mixed properties is a trap as its repetitive use for the hallucinogenic effects could lead to dependence.”

She said its effect on serotonin receptors also suggested it may lead to high blood pressure by causing constriction of the blood vessels, making the substance potentially more risky.

“It’s possible that the reason these drugs are so popular is because they are seen as safer than their illegal counterparts,” she said, so it is “important to challenge such assumptions”.

A report by the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board earlier this year said that in Europe alone, a new “legal high” comes onto the market every week.

David Nutt, a professor of psychopharmacology at Imperial College London and a former drugs advisor to the UK, said the big risk for people taking such substances was ignorance about what might be in them and what a safe dose might be.

“At present it’s a lottery,” he told reporters. “People just don’t know what they are taking. For more information on drug testing call us at 1-(888) 201-0242 or visit http://www.Datcs.com

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