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Doctors warned over “street benzos” linked to hospital admissions and deaths

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: (Published 27 July 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m2995
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

Doctors have been warned over illicit tablets being sold as the benzodiazepines diazepam, temazepam, and alprazolam that have been linked to recent admissions to hospital and deaths.1

The alert from Public Health England cited “significant evidence from toxicology results” and advised doctors, paramedics, and emergency departments to be aware of the issue and provide advice where necessary.

Tablets that have been flagged include ones marked with DAN 5620 on one side and 10 on the other, T-20, TEM 20, Bensedin, and MSJ. They may contain “dangerously potent benzodiazepines or their analogues such as flubromazolam, flualprazolam and …

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