AKA: APB, 5-APB, 5-APDB, 6-APB, 6-APDB, BENZO FURY, WHITE PEARL.
What are benzofuran compounds? Benzofuran compounds are stimulants like ecstasy and amphetamines (such as speed) which can cause:
Benzofuran compounds, such as 6-APB, 5-APB, 5-APDB and 6-APDB are relatively new drugs, so not a lot is known about their long term effects. As they act like ecstasy and amphetamines it is likely that the risks associated with their misuse will also be similar.
Illegal from 10th June 2014
Because of their recognised harms , the Government followed expert advice and banned these drugs, and controlled them as class B drugs. This means that is is illegal to have, sell, supply or give away these substances to friends.
The benzofuran compounds 6-APB and 5-APB were commonly found in ‘Benzo Fury’ which was sold in the form of:
Benzofuran compounds such as 6-APB and 5-APB can be swallowed or snorted in lines. The powder can also be rolled up in a cigarette paper and swallowed (sometimes referred to as ‘bombing’).
What are the effects?
Benzofuran compounds, such as 6-APB and 5-APB are similar to ecstasy and amphetamines (like speed), so you may experience:
What are the risks of benzofuran compunds?
Benzofuran compounds such as 6-APB and 5-APB are similar to ecstasy and amphetamines (like speed), so risks may include:
Not aware of any evidence that shows that benzofuran compounds are being cut (having powders added to bulk them up and increase profits) or that they have been contaminated during production and shipment. However can never really be sure what you are buying contains what it says it does
Can you get addicted to benzofuran compounds?
It is likely that addiction is a risk with regular use. Benzofuran compounds are similar to drugs like ecstasy and amphetamines that can be addictive. Hence, it’s reasonable to assume that you could become addicted to benzofuran compounds, such as 6-APB or 5-APB and could suffer similar withdrawal symptoms seen with speed and ecstasy if used regularly.
Are benzofuran compounds illegal?
The benzofuran compounds 5-APB, 6-APB, 5-APDB and 6-APDB were banned by the Government under a temporary class drug order to allow drug experts to consider how safe they were. They recommend that these and other benzofuran compounds should be controlled as class B drugs.
The government accepted this recommendation and benzofuran compounds have been controlled as class B drugs since Tuesday 10 June 2014. This means that it is illegal to have, sell, supply or give away these substances to friends.
What if you’re caught?
If the Police arrest you in possession of benzofuran compounds, they’ll always take some action. This could include a formal caution, arrest and prosecution. Having benzofuran compounds for your own use (called possession) could result in up to five years in prison and/or an unlimited fine. While selling or giving benzofuran compounds away for free, even to friends, (called supplying) could result in up to fourteen years in prison.
A conviction for a drug-related offence could have a serious impact. It could make it harder, even impossible, to visit certain countries – for example the United States – and limit the types of jobs you can apply for.
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