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Fears over 'legal high' drug

20th March 2007

The UK medicines regulator is warning against pills known as BZP.


The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) says people are taking the drug because it has been promoted to offer a ‘legal high’ but the agency says the medicine is dangerous in the wrong hands and can cause health problems. The MHRA has seized thousands of pills in the past year and plans to prosecute importers, sellers and manufacturers. Many shops and chemists have voluntarily withdrawn the pills from sale.

BZP stands for Benzyl Piperazine as the main active ingredient is piperazine, a common anti-worming medicine. Piperazine also acts as a stimulant and works on the body in a similar way to amphetamines which, as well as causing a high, can also result in vomiting, dizzy spells and allergic reactions.

A spokesperson for the MHRA said their main concern was that people were being led to believe the drug was safe when it actually carries serious health risks. He said, “People walk into a shop and see a sign that says 'legal alternative'. But it's not legal and it's not an alternative - it's a dangerous medicinal product in its own right. People should not take it.? The MHRA wants to ensure that people are made fully aware of the risks involved before taking any drug.

Other people claim BZP is useful in keeping people off hard drugs such as Ecstasy and Speed.


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