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Scientific Names: 1-benzylpiperazine

Generic Names: Enwau Generig: Piperazine. Others in the Piperazine class of chemicals include 2C-B-BZP, DCPP, DBZP, MBZP, TFMPP amongst others.

An example of what BZP looks like
After production Piperazines can come in various forms and shapes. Tablets can be a variety of colours and can have symbols embossed on them; these are many and varied, for example smiley face, heart, butterfly, bird, star etc. They can also be sold as an off-white powder, capsules and as a liquid.

Desired Effects:

Effects are similar to amphetamine and ecstasy. Feelings of being alert, full of energy and euphoria.

Side Effects:

Vomiting and stomach pain, dry mouth, agitation and anxiety, irregular heartbeat, diarrhoea, allergic reactions, fever and fits. Insomnia and a long lasting 'hang-over' as well as blurred vision and headaches.

Long term risks:

Long term risks are not yet fully known but may include respiratory failure, serotonin toxicity and other medical complications as a result of toxicity. BZP has the potential for psychological dependency and mental health problems.

Short term risks:

Acute psychosis, renal toxicity and seizures.
BZP is a stimulant so has effects similar to amphetamine and ecstasy; effects can last between 4 to 8 hours.
BZP is typically obtained in the form of a powder, tablet or capsule, so will usually be swallowed. However, the powder may be snorted or smoked. Intravenous use is also a possibility but is rare. Oral consumption of the free-base liquid is not advisable due to its corrosive nature and will burn.
Thought to have been originally developed in the 1950's as an anti-parasitic drug for use in farm animals, but was abandoned as a worm treatment due to side effects. There are no current medical uses.
Piperazines are a broad class of chemical compounds. BZP is a derivative of piperazine which comes as either hydrochloride salt or free base liquid. The hydrochloride salt is a white solid while the base form is a slightly yellowish-green liquid. The base form is corrosive and can cause burns. Piperazines are also used in the manufacture of plastics, resins, pesticides, brake fluid and other industrial materials.
Most areas of the UK have 'street agencies' or projects (sometimes called community drug services or community drug teams) which offer a range of services including information and advice, counselling, needle exchanges and sometimes support groups and complementary therapies such as acupuncture. The increase in stimulant use has led to some agencies offering specialist services that offer counselling, cognitive behaviour therapy, acupuncture and other alternative therapies and prescribing of anti-depressants, and also possible referral to residential rehabilitation. Some services have extended working hours and may offer weekend support. GPs and possibly the local hospital A&E department can make referrals to specialist drug services as well as general medical services, information and advice often in partnership with a drug agency or Drug Dependency Unit.

Parents & other relatives

Drug agencies also provide lots of advice and support to parents of people using these drugs. Many street agencies can provide relative support groups or counselling for family members, partners etc.

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