Benzylpiperazine Category: Stimulants
Also called: BZP, legal E, pep pills, herbal E, piperazine, XXX, legal X, majic, elevate, A2, party pills.
How it’s used
You can get benzylpiperazine, or BZP, in a tablet or capsule which you swallow. This is a fairly new drug so we don’t know much about its long-term effects.
- Effects last for 4 to 6 hours
- You may feel alert, euphoric and a general sense of wellbeing
- Your perception of taste, colour or music may be affected
- Irregular heart beat and rise in blood pressure
- Impotence – you can’t get an erection
- Mild memory loss
You risk having a psychotic episodes or seizures if you take high doses.
If you are pregnant
Do not use if you are pregnant as we don’t know enough about the risks to your baby.
There seems to be a low risk that you will get physically addicted but a mild risk of psychological dependency, where you feel you can’t cope without it.
No symptoms as far as we know.
How long does it stay in your system?
There is no urine test for this yet.
In March 2009, BZP became a controlled drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977. It is now illegal to possess or sell BZP in Ireland.
What help is available?
- Self-help support such as Narcotics Anonymous
- Counselling or psychotherapy
- Complementary therapies, such as acupuncture
- Support from your doctor
- Residential treatment programmes (clinics)
- One to one or group family support
- Contact the Drugs Helpline 1800 459 459 to find out about options in your area