Benzo Fury is a slang term that may refer to several chemical compounds of benzofuran, such as 5-APB or 6-APB. Benzofuran consists of amphetamine and phenylethylamine, and as such, and is a stimulant. Benzo Fury has nothing to do with benzodiazepines, which are CNS depressants and induce opposing effects.
Benzo Fury typically contains 6-APB, which is not currently scheduled by the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) as a controlled substance in the U.S. However, it is considered an amphetamine analog, meaning that its distribution, possession, and use are prosecutable under the Federal Analog Act.
Young club-goers and others sometimes abuse Benzo Fury for its Ecstasy-like, stimulating effects and euphoria it induces. Benzo Fury is most commonly found in tablet or powder form and can be ingested orally or snorted.
Studies on the potential effects of Benzo Fury have been limited due to its somewhat low availability when compared with mainstream substances. However, it has been linked to many unwanted side effects and has been involved in many fatalities.
Symptoms of Abuse or Addiction
Like ecstasy and other stimulants, Benzo Fury is not considered physically addictive, and the development of an addiction is thought to be primarily psychological. The desired effects include feelings of empathy, heightened sensations, dramatically increased energy levels, and mild hallucinatory effects. These desired effects are most intense 2-3 hours after use and can last up to twelve hours. Undesirable effects may include the following:
- Increased body temperature
- Accelerated heart rate
- Nausea and vomiting
- Chest pains
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Impaired decision-making
- Clenching/grinding of teeth
- Nonsensical chatter
As the effects of Benzo Fury begin to wane, the user often experiences a “comedown” period characterized by fatigue, lethargy, and possibly depression.
Although Benzo Fury abuse’s possible long-term consequences are not fully known, its use has been associated with severe harm to a person’s physical and mental health. These may include the following:
- Liver or kidney damage
- Cardiac arrest
- Cardiovascular issues
- Dental damage
- Cognitive impairment
- Impaired memory
- Impaired concentration
Just as troublingly, paranoia and psychosis have also been associated with the prolonged use of benzofuran. Users may experience confusion and agitation episodes, possibly even weeks or even months after the last dose has been used. Hallucinations, which can prompt acts of aggression or self-harm, have also been reported. The abuse of benzofuran has also been linked to clinical depression, both due to the drug’s effects and as a symptom of withdrawal.
Benzo Fury Overdose
The development of psychosis is one of the most common reasons individuals who have overdosed on Benzo Fury are hospitalized. A person in this state can experience paranoid delusions, extreme agitation, and the inability to differentiate fantasy from reality.
Benzo Fury gained popularity in the UK before the United States, and several fatalities involving this drug have been reported. This drug was classified in the U.K. as a class B substance in 2014, making it illegal to use, possess, or distribute. Around this time, Benzo Fury began gaining popularity in the U.S., and overdoses began to occur. For example, a 20-year-old male student at the Univerity of Calfornia died at a music festival in 2014 after consuming alcohol excessively all day, followed up by Benzo Fury usage.
Withdrawal and Detox
Addiction treatment usually begins with a short period of detox. Benzofuran abuse may result in a variety of withdrawal symptoms, including the following:
- Extreme anxiety
- Sleep disturbances
Medically-assisted detox is almost always recommended to ensure the safety of an individual undergoing withdrawal from Benzo Fury. During this process, a medical team is available to make sure that the person goes through withdrawal as comfortably and safely. Patients can be monitored 24/7, and complications can be addressed if they arise. In many cases, certain medications can be given to individuals to reduce many of the worst withdrawal symptoms.
Getting Treatment for Addiction
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