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 (former) 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
The 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
illicit street vendors.
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.