'We get them online for 40p': Warning over 'dangerous fake' anti-anxiety drugs
There is concern about a rising number of "dangerous fake" illicit drugs being sold as benzodiazepines, Public Health England says.
PHE recently issued a rare national alert to healthcare providers about the availability of fake pills being sold as benzodiazepines, such as Xanax and diazepam, where the drug has been linked to overdoses and deaths.
Last month, Avon and Somerset Constabulary issued a warning to parents in Bristol after a young person overdosed on a substance similar to Xanax.
The powerful tranquiliser is used to treat anxiety and panic attacks.
Experts say despite warnings, its illegal use among young people appears to be growing.
It is not available on the NHS but can be obtained on private prescription in the UK.