Deaths involving ‘Benzo Fury’, UK, 2011-2012. The ‘legal high’ ‘Benzo Fury’ [1-(benzofuran-5-yl) propan-2-amine (5-APB) and 1-(benzofuran-6-yl) propan-2-amine (6-APB)] is an unregulated psychoactive compound which has similar effects as known controlled drugs like amphetamines and ecstasy (with hallucinogenic and stimulant properties). It is known to pose significant health risks, such as causing anxiety, sinus tachycardia, hypertension, and QT prolongation. Ten cases were found with ‘Benzo Fury’ identified at post mortem and it was directly implicated in eight of these deaths.
Carla Gimeno Clemente, Stefania Chiappini, Hugh Claridge, Barbara Loi