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Letters Use of zopiclone

Availability of prescription zopiclone over the internet

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 04 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5710
  1. James H Ho, specialist registrar in clinical toxicology1,
  2. David M Wood, consultant clinical toxicologist1,
  3. John R H Archer, consultant clinical toxicologist1,
  4. Paul I Dargan, professor and reader in clinical toxicology1
  1. 1Clinical Toxicology, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  1. paul.dargan{at}

The use of “Z drugs” has recently increased; in 2013-14 zopiclone was the sixth most common drug among enquiries to the UK National Poisons Information Service’s online database, TOXBASE.1 Weich and colleagues noted an increased risk of mortality with hypnotic drugs,2 amid increasing concern about non-medical misuse.3 4 Furthermore, people’s increasingly consumerist approach to healthcare provision provides …

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