Florida attorney general warns about ‘fake Xanax’

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Attorney General Ashley Moody on Wednesday warned Floridians about an increase in deaths from “fake Xanax.”

Moody said bromazolam, an illicit drug, is gaining popularity across the country and could be mixed with fentanyl. Bromazolam is a benzodiazepine, which are “depressant drugs that produce sedation and feelings of relaxation.”

“It is imperative that Floridians understand how dangerous bromazolam is on its own,” Moody said in a statement. “It is also reportedly mixed with fentanyl, leading to adverse health conditions, overdoses and even deaths — including here in Florida. Please, never use an illicit substance. Just one pill can kill.”

Bromazolam is in the category of novel benzodiazepines, Moody said, which are not regulated like traditional benzodiazepines like Xanax and Valium.

Moody developed a website called “Dose of Reality Florida” to provide a resource to learn about the dangers of misusing opioids.

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