|Legal Status||Class C|
Penalty for possession: Up to two years in prison and / or an unlimited fine.
Penalty for dealing: Up to 14 years in prison and / or an unlimited fine.
Zolpidem belongs to a class of medicines commonly called Z drugs. It works by acting on the way messages are sent in your brain which help you to sleep. It reduces the time it takes for you to fall asleep and increases the length of time you spend sleeping.
|Short Term Effects||
Drowsiness is common. Vomiting, agitation, dizziness, constricted or dilated pupils and hypotonia may occur. There is a risk of tachycardia (possibly bradycardia), hypotension, coma and respiratory depression. The effects will be potentiated by simultaneous ingestion of alcohol or other psychotropic drugs.
Identified in Sweden: 7-chloro-5-(2-fluorophenyl)-1,3-dihydro-1,4-benzodiazepin-2-one (norfludiazepam). Norfludiazepam is a benzodiazepine and is structurally related to the internationally controlled substance diazepam.
Alert: Please be advised that Public Health England have issued an alert re. Fentanyl following identification post-mortem of fentanyl and heroin. This alert advises of the availability of, and harms from, heroin that has been mixed with fentanyl or carfentanyl, both unusually potent synthetic opioids. Those in contact with heroin users should be alert to the increased possibility of overdose arising from heroin cut with these synthetic opioids, be able to recognise possible symptoms of overdose and respond appropriately.