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TEXAS – A dangerous Russian drug that has suddenly become popular in North Texas may have contributed to at least nine recent deaths in Tarrant County, including four in just the past three months.

Phenazepam works as a tranquilizer, and is said to be more powerful than Xanax or Valium.

A Texas family is struggling with the devastation from this drug.

Their 18-year-old son was hit by a car when his vehicle ran out of gas, and made a rash choice to run across the road in front of traffic.

“There was a bridge right in front of them.”

“They could have just crossed over the bridge. It was 50 yards in front of them.”

Drug tests showed their son had this powerful tranquilizer in his system, and it’s sold legally online in tablet, pill and powder form.

Drug enforcement is now working to stop these drug sales because they are seeing more and more deaths related to it.

There have been a total of nine deaths in Texas alone.

Part of the problem is that people buying the drug believe they are buying something identical to Xanax, not realizing how powerful it is.