Benzylpiperazine (Trifluoromethyl-Phenylpiperazine): Usage trends
Last modified: Thursday, 25. December 2008 - 8:31 am
BZP abuse was first reported in the United States and Switzerland in 2000. Because piperazine abuse is relatively recent, there are as of yet no statistics available concerning the scope of the problem. Like ecstasy, BZP and TFMPP have made their way to the club and rave scene, but are also increasingly reported in U.S. high schools and colleges. As piperazine sales target mostly young adults and school children, these groups are believed to account for most illegal use.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) started seeing small amounts of BZP and TFMPP in 2000; they continued to increase in 2001 and 2002. The DEA has seized several hundred pounds/kilograms of powdered BZP from India. Most of the seizures have taken place in the South, Southwest, Chicago, and Connecticut. The DEA has applied to have BZP and TFMPP emergency scheduled. Emergency scheduling is the authority given by Congress to the administrator of the DEA to temporarily place new drugs that are considered dangerous into Schedule I until they can be properly reviewed and scheduled through normal channels.