Phenazepam is now listed as a Schedule I in Louisiana — New Orleans Drug Crime Attorney


Elizabeth B. Carpenter, Esq. — New Orleans Criminal Defense Attorney  


Governor Bobby Jindal has signed Act 346 of the Louisiana 2012 Legislative Session.  This act adds phenazepam to the list of Schedule I controlled dangerous substances.


Phenazepam is a benzodiazepine drug, which was developed in the Soviet Union and now produced in Russia and some CIS countries. Phenazepam is used in the treatment of neurological disorders such as epilepsy, alcohol withdrawal syndrome and insomnia. It can be used as a premedication before surgery as it augments the effects of anesthetics and reduces anxiety. Recently, phenazepam has gained popularity as a recreational drug; abuse has been reported in the United Kingdom, Finland, Sweden and the United States.



Elizabeth B Carpenter Law is one of the premiers law firms for Drug Crime defense.  We have defended almost every type of Drug Crime imaginable in South Louisiana.  When approaching a Drug Case, the first issues we examine are the client’s constitutional rights against unlawful search and seizure:

  • Did the police have the right to pull our client over?,


  • Did the police have the right to search our client’s home?,


  • Did the police have the right to search out client’s car?


Our first goal is to try to exclude / suppress any and all evidence of a drug crime.  If the evidence is suppressed, the state cannot use the evidence to convict our client.  The goal in every drug crime case is to not be convicted.

If you have been arrested for Drug Possession, contact Ms. Carpenter’s office for a consultation.  We want to protect your rights!


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