Desired Effects:Relaxation, relief of tension and anxiety.
Side Effects:Drowsiness, light-headedness, loss of coordination, confusion & forgetfulness, hiccups. Reports suggest Phenazepam is approximately five times stronger than Valium (another well known benzodiazepine).
Long term risks:Tolerance, dependence, severe withdrawal symptoms if suddenly stopped, panic attacks, severe anxiety, convulsions.
Short term risks:Overdose - there is the potential for users to re-dose before the onset of the effects of the original dose, as effects do not reach their peak until 2 to 3 hours after an oral dose has been taken, this significantly increases the risk of overdose. This risk further increases if combined with other drugs and / or alcohol. Accidents are a risk whilst under the influence. May be mis-sold or mistaken for other benzodiazepines such as Valium so users will be unaware of the stronger effects and associated risks.
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.