Evidence of harm from illicit or fake benzodiazepines

This alert advises of the availability of, and harm from, illicit drugs sold as benzodiazepines, which are increasingly reported to be causing hospitalisations and deaths in the UK. The products may contain high-potency benzodiazepines or analogues, or other dangerous substances.

SPS commentary:

The alert recommends that adult and young people’s drug and alcohol treatment and recovery services should supply naloxone so that it is available for all those at risk of an opioid overdose.


Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency