Flubromazolam, a New Benzodiazepine, May Be the Next Big Problem

Flubromazolam Hits the Streets

A recent submission to an East Coast crime lab showed the presence of Flubromazolam. This drug is a benzodiazepine (CNS Depressant) and is extremely potent. A dosage unit is measured in micrograms, not milligrams as is common in most street drugs.

Flubromazolam was Disguised as Generic Alprazolam

The drug was seized during an investigation and was pressed into a pill that resembled generic Alprazolam. This is a common tactic among drug distributors where they will obtain the wanted drug in a powder form and then press it into a pill that resembles a common controlled pharmaceutical. I outlined this in a prior article that can be viewed here.

A pro-drug web site described Flubromazolam this way:

Flubromazolam is a novel synthetic depressant substance of the benzodiazepine class which produces anxiolytic, disinhibiting, sedative, muscle relaxant, and memory suppressing effects when administered. It is incredibly potent (active in the microgram range) with an unusually long 18 hour duration. It is currently exclusively sold by online research chemical vendors for use as a recreational psychoactive substance and has not been formally studied.

User Reported Symptoms

Users are reporting the following symptoms after using the drug:

  • Sedation
  • Loss of motor control
  • Slowing of respirations
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle relaxation
  • Paradoxical reactions
    • This includes increased seizures in epileptics, aggression, increased anxiety, violent behavior, loss of impulse control, irritability and suicidal behavior
  • Amnesia
  • Disinhibition
  • A decrease in information processing
  • Compulsive re-dosing
  • Emotional suppression
  • Delusions of sobriety
  • Sleepiness

There are after affects of using the drug. After the high wears off, some users have reported rebound anxiety, sleepiness, deceleration of thought, disorganization, and irritability.

Users Online

Users online are raving about this new drug. If you want to learn more about what users are saying about being high on this drug, click here.

Author: Keith Graves
Keith is a retired Police Sergeant and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for 29 years. Keith was named as California’s Narcotics Officer of the Year and is a prior winner of MADD’s California Hero Award. He has years of experience as a Narcotics Detective and a Narcotics Unit Supervisor and is a Drug Recognition Expert Instructor (IACP #3292). Keith teaches both the DRE course and the Drug Abuse Recognition Course and has taught at the Police Academy. He has developed several drug courses for the California Narcotics Officers Association, California POST and California Colleges and currently consults POST on drug investigation procedures. Keith has held other assignments besides narcotics including Training Sergeant, Patrol Sergeant, COPPS Officer, Traffic Officer, and 20 years as a SWAT Team member and Sniper Team Leader. Keith has taught thousands of officers and businesses around the world about drug use, drug trends, compliance training and drug investigations. He is recognized as an international drug expert and has testified as an expert in court proceedings on drug cases, homicide cases and rape prosecutions. Keith earned a BA in Business Management from Saint Mary's College of California and a MA in Criminal Justice. Keith is the Founder and President of Graves & Associates, a company dedicated to providing drug training to law enforcement and private industry.

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