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Dangerous New Drug: Benzo Fury

Spice, bath salts and many other news drugs have become a new fad among drug users and young people today. Now there is a dangerous new drug called Benzo Fury? Ministers announced last week that two more legal highs are to be banned, joining mephedrone and Ivory Wave in the graveyard of illegalized internet drugs. After being subject to a temporary ban since June, Benzofuran – or Benzo Fury, as it’s more commonly known – and NBOMe are to be made class B and A drugs, respectively.

Many users of the new drug Benzo Fury were spoken with to see what the effects of this drug are and what the high is like. The ones spoke to who took the drug in capsule form said it was like an MDMA or ecstasy type of a high, but with no comedown. He didn’t seem to have any type of a chaotic experience with the drug. While this guy had more of a somewhat enjoyable experience with the drug, others were not so lucky. Another person that was spoke with and said after taking it she didn’t sleep for 4 days and didn’t receive relief until finally going to the hospital and being prescribed valium. Experiences of NBOMe are also polemic; a couple of users ranted about the hallucinogen on the drugs forum Erowid: “The visuals are amazing and I’ve only just scratched the surface,” wrote the first. “Bliss. Nirvana. This is the ultimate human experience,” said the second.

Then of course there are drug users who felt absolutely no pleasure at all from Benzo fury, some people have stated that they just felt terrible and insane. Such protests aren’t supposed to show that these drugs are either good or bad, merely that there are plagued by inconsistencies – which isn’t surprising when dealing with substances whose short- and long-term effects we know very little about. In fact, we know next to nothing about the estimated 243 new psychoactive substances that have appeared since 2009; a troubling number considering that each of those – although mostly very similar – is a unique drug in its own right, with its own distinctive risks. These experimental drugs only have a few molecule differences so making new drugs is easy, apparently.

According to Martin Powell from drug policy reform organization Transform, all these new research chemicals “are a direct product of prohibition of other stimulants. Through prohibition we have created an endless stream of new substances that are potentially even more hazardous than the ones that have been banned.” So, rather than shielding the public from the latest substance invention to be unleashed upon their nostrils, it’s likely that the government’s procedure to drugs like Benzo and NBOMe is instead worsening the problem. The approach, according to Martin, is “entirely fruitless; all you’re doing by banning is guaranteeing that another drug that we know absolutely nothing about will be on the market”.

The thing that is craziest to me is that it literally says on the front of so many of these packages “Not for human consumption” and people are still taking these drugs! It just baffles me, but I guess when it comes to drugs and all that people don’t really think anything bad will ever happen to them. Unfortunately for a few people, it did happen to them. There have been deaths due to the use of Benzo Fury, including two high profile deaths of two young adults. People are always so set on the whole ‘that’ll never happen to me’ attitude. I can pretty much guarantee these people thought it wouldn’t happen to them either. All these new experimental ‘legal drugs’ are very dangerous and can be life threatening. Is it worth risking your life to try some new drug that you have no idea what it is? Regrettably, a lot of addicts would say yes it is worth it due to the fact we can be so careless and only concerned with the high.

I think it also needs to be stated that even though the drug is legal, that doesn’t make it not a drug or mean you’re not getting high or using. A drug is a drug, no matter what it is. If you’re using any of these synthetic drugs you could very easily have a problem just like a heroin or crack addict.  If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.




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