Phenazepam is currently being misused in the UKBMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d4207 (Published 05 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4207
- Peter D Maskell, lecturer in forensic toxicology1,
- Giorgia De Paoli, lecturer in forensic toxicology1,
- L Nitin Seetohul, lecturer in forensic toxicology1,
- Derrick J Pounder, professor of forensic medicine1
- 1Centre for Forensic and Legal Medicine, University of Dundee, Dundee DD1 4HN, UK
Phenazepam is a benzodiazepine not currently controlled in the United Kingdom, mainland Europe, or the United States. Developed in the 1970s for the treatment of epilepsy, alcohol withdrawal syndrome, insomnia, and anxiety,1 2 it is currently prescribed only in the former Soviet Bloc.
However, recent reports from Sweden, Finland, and the …