Phenazepam: more information coming in from the cold

Emma C. Lomas, Peter D. Maskell*

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Phenazepam is a 1–4 benzodiazepine that was developed in 1975 in the former USSR and is used clinically as an anxiolytic,1 anticonvulsant, hypnotic and for the treatment of ethanol withdrawal.2 Outside of the former soviet bloc there has been evidence of the abuse of phenazepam around the world since 1999,3 with reports of overdoses, driving under the influence of drug (DUID) cases and also deaths.4–8 As with other benzodiazepines the deaths have usually involved other drugs as well as phenazepam rather than phenazepam in isolation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-62
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
Early online date8 Sep 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2015
Externally publishedYes


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