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S5W-15176: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 8 March 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to tackle the sale of counterfeit alprazolam, known by the trade name, Xanax.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 20 March 2018

Police Scotland, alongside NHS Health Boards and Scottish Government funded organisations such as the Scottish Drugs Forum, have sought to increase awareness of the health related dangers of taking prescription drugs, whether genuine or counterfeit, through national warning bulletins, messages on social media and local information campaigns. We are aware of a black market for prescription and counterfeit drugs, including Alprazolam, and continue to work closely with Police Scotland on all aspects of drugs policy and enforcement, including counterfeit prescription medication.