Illicit benzodiazepines are increasingly being detected both forensically and clinically. In a recent MMWR report from the ToxIC Fentalog Study Group, what were the three most commonly identified illicit benzodiazepines identified in patients with suspected opioid overdose?
During October 2020 and March 2021, the presence of illicit benzodiazepines was identified in 14.9% of patients with suspected opioid overdose. Clonazolam, etizolam and flubromazolam were the substances identified.
Aldy K et al. Notes from the Field: Illicit Benzodiazepines Detected in Patients Evaluated in Emergency Departments for Suspected Opioid Overdose — Four States, October 6, 2020–March 9, 2021. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2021 Aug 27; 70(34): 1177-1179. 10.15585/mmwr.mm7034a4