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The benzylpiperazine (BZP) / trifluoromethylphenylpiperazine (TFMPP) and alcohol safety study (2006)

The benzylpiperazine (BZP) / trifluoromethylphenylpiperazine (TFMPP) and alcohol safety study (2006)

  1. Lunar Loops
    Party pills containing benzylpiperazine (BZP) and trifluoromethylphenylpiperazine (TFMPP) are used as recreational drugs for their stimulant effects. An estimated 20 million doses of these party pills have been sold legally in New Zealand over the past six years. There is a significant gap in the research on the clinical effects of BZP and TFMPP, with only two small clinical trials on BZP published in the 1970s, and no clinical trials on TFMPP. This situation led to the Expert Advisory Committee on Drugs (EACD) recommendation that more information on the effects of BZP and TFMPP should be obtained. We conducted a randomised double blind placebo controlled trial which assessed the effects of BZP/TFMPP alone and in combination with alcohol (six standard units). The doses of BZP/TFMPP (300mg/74mg over a two hour period) were based on those recommended by the party pill industry. The six units of alcohol given was the maximum dose recommended by ALAC to be taken in a session. Cardiovascular parameters, psychological functioning, driving performance and delayed effects on sleep and mood were assessed.