Flualprazolam found in fake ‘Xanax’ tablet
Flualprazolam, a dangerous and potent novel benzodiazepine, has been detected in yellow counterfeit Xanax pills being sold across New Zealand.
How to identify the drug
- Yellow, rectangular counterfeit ‘Xanax bar’ with R039 printed on one side
- Three break lines delineating four sections
- They have been sold under the slang name ‘bars’ or ‘school buses’ for between $25 and $50
- Designed to imitate 2mg Pfizer produced, alprazolam containing Xanax brand tablets
Flualprazolam has been detected in yellow counterfeit Xanax pills being sold across New Zealand. Flualprazolam is a dangerous and potent novel benzodiazepine with a relatively short on-set of action and heavy sedative effects.
High Alert strongly urges people not to take rectangle shaped/2 mg ‘Xanax’ tablets in New Zealand. They are not approved nor legitimately available in this form and are almost certain to be counterfeit.
A sample of these counterfeit Xanax tablets was handed in to our partner KnowYourStuff, and later forensic analysis by the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) indicated the presence of flualprazolam.
This is the first time flualprazolam has been detected in New Zealand. While the ESR don’t have a certified reference standard to confirm its presence, the analytical findings are consistent with those from international testing results.
Counterfeit benzodiazepines such as these illicitly produced ‘Xanax’ are a relatively new trend in New Zealand. Find out more about the background of fake benzos in NZ in our recent notification for the increase in the availability of fake ‘Xanax bar’ tablets across the country.