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[ Etizolam ]

Etizolam (Eh-tiz-o-lam) also known as Etizola is an unclassified benzodiazepine which has become popular in recent years as a legal high. Etizolam is prescribed as a medication in some countries but is not currently licensed in the UK.

Etizolam is a depressant (downer) drug which can cause drowsiness and slow down your heart rate and your breathing. People using etizolam may feel relaxed and calm but negative effects include short term memory loss and confusion. With prolonged use, withdrawal effects can be severe and include headaches, nausea and anxiety.

Etizolam is generally sold as tablets ranging from 0.5 to 2mg . Tablets are usually blue but etizolam can also be found sold as pink tablets or a white powder. Etizolam is much stronger than Diazepam (Valium) – a 1mg etizolam tablet is equivalent to a 10mg diazepam tablet. These doses should not be taken as recommendations.

What you need to know

If you choose to take etizolam:

Try a small test dose and wait at least 2 hours before re-dosing
Sleep on your side to avoid choking if you throw up in your sleep
Stay with friends – don’t use alone
Avoid mixing etizolam with other depressant drugs (including alcohol) as this is very risky
Withdrawal symptoms can happen even after short periods of use. Using for 4-6 weeks and then abruptly stopping can cause withdrawal symptoms

Legal Information

Etizolam is covered by The Psychoactive Substances Act. It was introduced in the UK on the 26th May 2016 and it makes it an offence to manufacture, export/import (i.e. buying from a non-UK website), supply or offer to supply any psychoactive substance, if likely to be used for its psychoactive effects. Despite being psychoactive, alcohol, nicotine, tobacco and caffeine are exempt from the act.

Under the new regulations, possession with intent to supply is an offence. Possession is not an offence, except in a ‘custodial institution’ (e.g. prison, young offenders centre).

Penalties range from civil sanctions to a 7 year prison sentence but some offences will be considered to be aggravated, including selling to under 18s or around schools and children’s homes etc.

The Human Medicines Regulations (2012) and the Misuse of Drugs Act (1971) including Temporary Class Drug Orders (TCDOs) will remain unchanged.

The police have increased powers to stop and search individuals and premises, and NPS may be treated like a controlled drug until proven otherwise.