October 2020 Illicit Benzodiazepines Warning

Date Added: 23/10/2020

Incidents are being reported locally of people suffering significant adverse physical reactions, overdoses and death, potentially related to the misuse of illicit benzodiazepines.

This type illicit medication will contain a number of potentially toxic ingredients or psychoactive molecules at really high concentration and the risk of death or overdose is really high. 

If you are with someone when taking drugs

• Watch carefully for the signs of an overdose like drowsiness, shallow breathing, dizziness, poor balance, muscle weakness, fainting and unconsciousness.

If someone overdoses

• call 999 immediately for an ambulance

• if you know what to do - give them any available naloxone if you think they have taken opioids

• give immediate first aid basic life support (recovery position and monitor the airway, breathing and pulse)

• do not assume that a person who is still functioning normally will not worsen later – stay with them until the ambulance arrives


• avoid buying or using tablets sold as benzodiazepines 

• don’t use any combination of benzodiazepines, opioids such as heroin and gabapentinoids such as gabapentin and pregabalin, with or without alcohol

 • if you’re going to use any drugs, make sure someone is around when you take them (if you overdose alone nobody can help you)

 • be extra cautious about the sources from which you get your drugs, and about the drugs you take, test the dose by starting with a small test dose and waiting at least an hour before taking more

 • seek treatment for your drug use if it is causing you problems and you are not already in treatment contact your nearest single point of contact service:

Reach Christchurch Adults: 0800 043 4656 or Young People: 0800 0434656

EDAS Poole Adults: 01202 735777 or Young People: 01202 741414

BEAT Bournemouth Adults: 01202 55885 or Young People: 01202 001342

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