Currently the Bi-State Narcotics Task Force (BSNTF) has been investigating an unknown drug which has resulted in several overdoses reported in the Texarkana area. Through this investigation, it has been determined that this highly dangerous drug is called Phenazepam.
According to the Arkansas State Health Department, Phenazepam, a synthetic drug developed in the Soviet Union, is used to treat neurological disorders such as epilepsy, mimics the effects of Xanax and is extremely dangerous. Side effects of taking Phenazepam are listed as dizziness, loss of coordination, amnesia, severe anxiety, seizures, convulsions and even death. These side effects are worsened when combined with alcohol.
This drug has been circulating the Texarkana area for weeks now and resembles a Xanax pill. Individuals have been illegally purchasing or receiving this drug from friends or associates on the street.
The Arkansas Attorney General has issued a ban on Phenazepam due to the severe medical problems it causes. The BSNTF will continue this investigation and will actively follow up on any and all leads to determine the person(s) responsible for distributing these drugs in the Texarkana area. Anyone found in possession of this illegal drug will face criminal charges, up to a felony classification.
Individuals with information are strongly encouraged to call local police (TAPD 903-798-3130, TTPD 903-798-3116, MCSO 870-774-3001) or Texarkana Crime Stoppers (903-793-STOP. Anyone with information will remain anonymous.
Thank you and you can visit the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department online at http://www.txkusa.org/arkpolice.
Officer Kristi Mitchell
Public Information Officer