Police warn of deadly new drug circulating in Halton


The Halton Regional Police Service says it has been made aware of the presence of a novel substance in association with a fatal overdose in the Halton Region.

That substance is etizolam.

Etizolam is a synthetically manufactured benzodiazepine derivative (central nervous system depressant) similar in nature to Xanax, but far more potent,” said police. “Etizolam is not approved by Health Canada for medical use.”

Etizolam, when combined with opioids, has contributed to an increasing number of overdoses in Ontario.”

Naloxone will not reverse the effects of etizolam; however, Halton Police are still encouraging the administration of naloxone in the event of any suspected overdose.

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