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Piperazines

What are Piperazines?

Piperazines are a broad class of chemical compounds which mimic the effects of Ecstasy. They were produced as a legal alternative to Ecstasy (though have since been classified as Class C drugs) and have been found as a cutting agent in some Ecstasy pills. The best known Piperazines are BZP, TFMPP, DBZP and MCPP.

SCIENTIFIC TERM:

C4H10N2.

STREET NAMES:

The Good Stuff, Smileys, Silver Bullet, Rapture, Pep Twisted, Pep Stoned, Pep Love, pep, Party Pills, Nemesis, Legal X, Legal E, Happy Pills, Frenzy, Fast Lane, Exodus, Euphoria, ESP, Cosmic Kelly, BZP, Bolts Extra Strength, Blast, A2.

EFFECTS:

The stimulant effects of Piperazines are similar to MDMA (Ecstasy) but dose for dose they are not as potent.  Effects can last for 6 – 8 hours and include feelings of euphoria, of being alert, alive and full of energy, decreased appetite and sleeplessness.

DRUG FORM & METHOD OF USE:

Piperazine derivatives are usually found as either tablets or capsules, but loose powders also occur. The tablets often carry logos similar to those seen on ‘Ecstasy’ tablets.  They are taken orally.

HEALTH RISKS (long term) which includes withdrawal & tolerance:

Taking Piperazines does involve risks.  Users often suffer a hangover-like reaction that can last for up to 24 hours.  Agitation, Vomiting, Stomach pain, fits, irregular Heart rhythms, Diarrhoea, Allergic reactions and Fever have been reported.   As stimulant drugs, Piperazines are particularly risky if taken by anyone suffering from high blood pressure or a Heart condition. And you may not know that you have a pre existing Heart condition.  Perfectly healthy young people can have a fit or Heart Attack after taking stimulant drugs.  In rare cases users may suffer from ‘Serotonin Syndrome’. It can cause High Blood pressure and may be fatal and is habit forming.

LAW:

Piperazines are Class C drugs, which means that they’re illegal to have for yourself, give away or sell. Possession can get you up to two years in prison and/or an unlimited fine.    Supplying someone else, even your friends, can get you 14 years in jail and/or an unlimited fine.  If the Police catch you with Piperazines, they’ll always take some action. This could include a formal caution, arrest and prosecution.

  1. Piperazines were created by Burroughs Wellcome as a potential Anti-depressant drug, but was never developed commercially because it produced similar effects to D-Amphetamine, although the relative potency was only 10 %.
  2. Piperazines were originally named because of their chemical similarity with Piperidine, part of the structure of Piperine in the black pepper plant (Piper Nigrum). It is important to note, however, that Piperazines are not derived from plants in the Piper genus.
  3. They are also used in industry to make plastics, resins, pesticides, brake fluid and a variety of materials and products. Some Piperazine compounds act as effective worming agents for pets and farm animals.
  4. They can come in different coloured pill form and is also sold as an off-white powder, in capsules and as a liquid.
  5. Piperazines have been known to induce a sense of Euphoria in users and has stimulative properties.
  6. Adverse effects have been reported following its use including Psychosis, Renal Toxicity, and Seizures.
  7. Piperazines has been shown to have a mixed mechanism of action, acting on the Serotonergic and Dopaminergic receptor systems in a similar fashion to MDMA.
  8. Piperazines are relatively new on the UK recreational drugs scene, but have become increasingly popular as stimulants in the past two year
  9. Piperazines will leave you with a headache and a bad mood for a day or two after they are taken.
  10. In the past few years, illegal drug manufactures have used Piperazine in the production of Ecstasy tablets as a cheap substitution.
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