Push to reschedule benzos

Experts are pushing for benzodiazepines to be made Schedule 8 drugs, amid mounting evidence of diversion, abuse and serious harm — particularly with alprazolam.

Submissions to a federal review, seen by Australian Doctor, urge regulators to stem the flood of benzodiazepines to the street, where they are increasingly being used alongside heroin in a potentially fatal cocktail.

In a submission asserting "strong support" for restricting the entire class, doctors from the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine say benzodiazepine abuse is now