Party Drug Called “Benzo Fury” Presents Dangers, Rat Study Suggests

A party drug known as “Benzo Fury” can have dangerous consequences, a new study of rodents suggests. It has both stimulant and hallucinogenic effects, Reuters reports. The drug is a synthetic, laboratory-designed substance.

Benzo Fury can be purchased online, and is popular in Britain and the United States, the article notes. Researchers at Britain’s University of Roehampton found the drug produced an effect on the brains of rats that was similar to hallucinogenic, addictive drugs such as cocaine or amphetamines. It may lead to high blood pressure by constricting blood vessels, the researchers said.

“It’s in the combination of these stimulant and hallucinogenic properties that the greatest danger lies,” said lead researcher Jolanta Opacka-Juffry. She presented her findings at the British Neuroscience Association conference in London. She added, “It’s possible that the reason these drugs are so popular is because they are seen as safer than their illegal counterparts,” so it is “important to challenge such assumptions.”

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    April 16, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Woudl have been more helpful if the active intoxicant was listed, such as a-PVP rather than just saying it was a synthetic lab designed drug. Under the federal Drug Analogue Act (copied by many states) we may already have the legal tools to stop the retail sale. When people see a product sold openingly in a retail store it implies the product is safe to use.

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    R. Schmid

    April 16, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    What is new in this information? Many new drugs are hallucinogenic and/or stimulants (thats why they are consumed!!) If BenzoFury is addictive, nothing is proved (same as for most of other new synthetics).
    So, more credible prevention messages!
    (for example, that there have been death cases in the past or real-life health effects…)

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