Infographic: benzodiazepines notifications to the Early Warning System and seizures

This infographic coming from the publication New psychoactive substances: 25 years of early warning and response in Europe — an update from the EU Early Warning System presents some key statistics on notifications of the benzodiazepines to the EWS and benzodiazepines seizures (trends in the number and quantities seized), in the EU-27.

The source data for the graphics is available in the source tables on this page.

Number of benzodiazepines noti­fied for the ­first time, 2007-2021 (EU+2)
Trends in the number of seizures, 2007-2020 (EU)
Trends in the quantity of tablets and capsules seized, 2007-2020 (EU)
Number of seizures by substance, 2020 (EU)
Quantity seized for all physical forms reported in weight by substance, 2020 (EU)
Quantity of tablets and capsules seized by substance, 2020 (EU)
 

Source data

Table 1: Number of benzodiazepines noti­fied for the ­first time, 2007-2021 (EU+2)
Year Notifications
2007 1
2008 0
2009 0
2010 0
2011 1
2012 1
2013 2
2014 4
2015 5
2016 6
2017 3
2018 5
2019 2
2020 0
2021 3
Table 2: Trends in the number of seizures, 2007-2020 (EU)
Year 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Number of seizures 13 17 9 26 20 33 31 421 815 998 2643 1680 1551 1713 1261 1012
Table 3: Trends in the quantity of tablets and capsules seized, 2007-2020 (EU)
Year Tablets and capsules seized
2005 922
2006 4336
2007 1405
2008 741
2009 2597
2010 826
2011 786
2012 173549
2013 465186
2014 131350
2015 263380
2016 131071.75
2017 112406.54
2018 113628
2019 97603.5
2020 65071
Table 4: Number of seizures by substance, 2020 (EU)
Substance Number of seizures
Etizolam 443
Flualprazolam 215
Clonazolam 157
Flunitrazolam 58
Flubromazolam 50
Others 89
Table 5: Quantity seized for all physical forms reported in weight by substance, 2020 (EU)
Substance Quantity seized (kg)
Etizolam 3.246
Flubromazolam 0.494
Flualprazolam 0.302
Clonazolam 0.178
Flubromazepam 0.082
Others 0.118
Table 6: Quantity of tablets and capsules seized by substance, 2020 (EU)
Substance Tablets and capsules seized
Etizolam 37970
Flualprazolam 12405
Adinazolam 4777
Flubromazolam 4075
Clonazolam 4064
Others 1780

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