What does it look like?
As a medicine etizolam is sold in tablet form, but when it is sold as a legal high it is sold in either pellet or tablet form.
Etizolam pellets and tablets are swallowed. There have been a few reports of etizolam being injected and taken anally.
Crushing pills so that they can be injected is risky and dangerous and sometimes fatal. As well as the drug itself pills contain other ingredients, like flavours, binding agents and fillers, which can be difficult to dissolve. These ingredients can cause blockages which can lead to vein collapse. This results in poor circulation and the body becomes more susceptible to bruising and infection.
Also, sharing injecting equipment puts you at risk of blood borne viruses like hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV. Injecting can also do nasty damage to veins and arteries, and has been known to lead to abscesses, blood clots, gangrene (bits of your body usually a finger, toe or a limb dying) and infections.
How does it make you feel?
Etizolam has a range of possible effects:
- Slows the brain and body down.
- Makes the user feel calm and relaxed and can help people get to sleep.
- Helps to stop fits.
- May cause short-term memory loss.
- Big doses can make a user forgetful and make them overly sleepy.
How long the effects last and the drug stays in your system depends on how much you’ve taken, your size, whether you’ve eaten and what other drugs you may have also taken.
Physical health risks
Etizolam has a range of potential risks:
- Some have been shown to cause short-term memory loss and big doses can make a user forgetful and make them overly sleepy.
- They can be highly addictive.
- People who are addicted to tranquillisers can experience nasty withdrawal symptoms, which can include decreased concentration, tremors, nausea, vomiting, headaches, anxiety, panic attacks and depression. Very uncomfortable bodily sensations can also develop, including fitting which in severe cases can be fatal.
- Sudden withdrawal after big doses or from some specific drugs can cause panic attacks and fits.
- Some people crush or melt tranquillisers that come as tablets or capsules, so that they can be injected. This is extremely dangerous and sometimes fatal. The chalk in the tablets is a major cause of collapsed veins which can lead to infection and abscess. Injecting gel capsules can also be particularly dangerous, as the gel can solidify inside the blood vessels,
- Etizolam is more potent. Take too much and you might fall into a deep sleep or lose your coordination and accidently hurt yourself or others or, in extreme circumstances, your breathing may become so shallow that it becomes fatal.
What is etizolam cut with?
If the etizolam has been prescribed by a doctor and obtained from a pharmacy, the purity will be very high and the doses consumed will be predictable. If it has been sourced illegally you cannot be sure what is in it and what affect it will have.
Is it dangerous to mix with other drugs?
Don’t mix etizolam with other drugs that depress/slow down the nervous system, such as alcohol, as this makes the side effects worse and more likely to be fatal.
Can you get addicted?
Yes it is very addictive. Testing has shown that stopping use of etizolam can cause withdrawal symptoms such as a pounding headache, nausea, anxiety and confusion.
This is a psychoactive drug and is covered by the 2016 Psychoactive Substances Act, which means it’s illegal to give away or sell.
There’s no penalty for possession, unless you’re in prison.
Supply and production can get you up to 7 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both.
Like drink-driving, driving when high is dangerous and illegal. If you’re caught driving under the influence, you may receive a heavy fine, driving ban, or prison sentence.
If the police catch people supplying illegal drugs in a home, club, bar or hostel, they can potentially prosecute the landlord, club owner or any other person concerned in the management of the premises.
Additional law details
Etizolam is not licensed as a medicine in the UK.