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. Jan-Feb 2004;28(1):67-70.
doi: 10.1093/jat/28.1.67.

A2 (N-benzylpiperazine) a New Drug of Abuse in Sweden

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A2 (N-benzylpiperazine) a New Drug of Abuse in Sweden

Maria Wikström et al. J Anal Toxicol. .

Abstract

N-Benzylpiperazine was tested in the beginning of the 1970s as a possible antidepressant drug. However, in both animal and human studies, it was shown to possess amphetamine-like properties, and any further studies were stopped. In a forensic autopsy case in 1999, we found a substance so far unknown to us in the chromatogram of our method used for amphetamines. We could swiftly identify this compound as N-benzylpiperazine because of information given to us by a newly formed network comprising, among others, customs and the police. Since then, we have found N-benzylpiperazine in several cases, among them 11 cases from a number of prisons.

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