Counterfeit alprazolam contains other harmful drugs.
There have been increasing reports of counterfeit alprazolam products found in Australia. At the same time, NSW Poisons Information Centre alprazolam overdose consultations have doubled. Most counterfeit tablets do not contain alprazolam, instead they contain etizolam, other benzodiazepines and other drugs which can be more harmful. The tablets have variable appearance and can look like a variety of local or overseas alprazolam 2mg, such as Kalma, Xanax, Mylan, Sandoz. The tablets have been illegally sold online or on the street (not in pharmacies). All these products are widely available and have been found to be counterfeit.
Check out the support services available online and over the phone from NUAA and
Alcohol and Drug Information Service.
Taking non-prescribed alprazolam can cause overdose or death, but the risk of harm is higher if:
Counterfeit alprazolam is often poorly manufactured and the ingredients and amounts can vary a lot, even within the same batch. The time from taking the drug to feeling any effect can vary significantly depending on the drug as well as the individual person.
If you see the warning signs of overdose or distress call Triple Zero (000) for emergency assistance
The NSW Poisons Information Centre provides specialist and confidential advice to the members of the public and health professionals on exposures to all medicines, illicit drugs, chemicals and toxins. For advice on possible poisoning please contact the 24/7
NSW Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26.
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