Phenazepam: the drug that came in from the cold

Peter D. Maskell*, Giorgia De Paoli, L. Nitin Seetohul, Derrick J. Pounder

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Abstract

In the past few years there has been concern in Western Europe and in the US about the rise in abuse of phenazepam, a benzodiazepine that was originally developed in the USSR in the mid- to late 1970s. 1-4 Although phenazepam is one of the most widely prescribed benzodiazepines in Russia and other commonwealth of independent state (CIS) countries, it has not been licensed elsewhere in the world. Due to very limited licensed geographical distribution, there is very little peer-reviewed literature that is not written in Russian. In this article, we review the current state of what is currently known about phenazepam. This information on phenazepam and how it can be detected in biological specimens should assist the forensic community in identifying phenazepam in routine toxicology screening and interpreting any phenazepam concentrations that are obtained.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)122-125
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Maskell, Peter D. ; De Paoli, Giorgia ; Nitin Seetohul, L. ; Pounder, Derrick J. / Phenazepam : the drug that came in from the cold. In: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine. 2012 ; Vol. 19, No. 3. pp. 122-125.
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Phenazepam : the drug that came in from the cold. / Maskell, Peter D.; De Paoli, Giorgia; Nitin Seetohul, L.; Pounder, Derrick J.

In: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, Vol. 19, No. 3, 04.2012, p. 122-125.

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