Legal status

Legal uses of Etizolam and other Benzodiazepines

Despite being widely prescribed, Etizolam is not considered as a viable method of treatment of any condition. This drug was first introduced in Japan in 1983 as a way to treat anxiety and insomnia. In the countries, where it is used as a prescription medication, it is sold in 0.25mg, 0.5mg, and 1.0mg tablets.
Sometimes, Etizolam can be bought as a “research chemical” from online shops. On such websites, it is distributed in the form of powder, tablets, or spiked blotting paper. NFLIS (National Forensic Laboratory Information System) registers a steady rise in the frequency of Etizolam reports in the United States. This number rose from just 3 in 2012 to 98 reports in 2013. It continued to rapidly increase, rising from 600 in 2016 to almost 900 in 2017. All this happened in just 5 years, with no reports of Etizolam being submitted before 2012.

The legality of etizolam use in the US and worldwide

Etizolam is a prescription medication whose use and distribution are regulated by national drug control authorities of many European, Asian, and Arab countries, including the UK, Switzerland, Denmark, Poland, Germany, the UAE, and Japan.
In December 2019, the WHO advised to define etizolam as a Schedule IV controlled substance under the Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971.

Country-by-country overview of etizolam legal status


In Australia, etizolam is defined as a Schedule IV drug under the Poisons Standard of June 2018. It means that the purchase of this medicine is only allowed from a licensed local or over the counter pharmacy on a valid prescription from a physician who is duly certified to issue such prescriptions. Etizolam is illegal when purchased on the street of from non-licensed provider.

Denmark and Germany

Etizolam is scheduled as a controlled substance by the Danish law, namely Misuse of Drugs Act and the controlled-substances law of Germany, known locally as Betäubungsmittelgesetz (BtMG).


In Italy, etizolam is commercially available as a treatment for sleeplessness, neurotic disorders, and anxiety. This medicine is distributed by licensed pharmacies and only on doctor’s prescription.


Since October 2016, the medical use of etizolam that also goes by the brand name Depas has been restricted in Japan, as this medication is considered an analog of benzodiazepine, which is known for its moderate abuse potential.

United Kingdom

The UK etizolam law, namely Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Amendment) Order 2017 names etizolam as a Class C medication, in other words etizolam is banned in the UK meaning it is illegal to possess, supply, sell this drug on the territory of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.


In the USA, etizolam has not received FDA approval for medical use in people. Presently, it is not classified as a controlled substance in Before you purchase this drug in the USA please check if it etizolam controlled in , Alaska, Arizona,California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West, Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, except for some individual states such as Florida, Virginia, Arizona, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Ohio, and Indiana. Etizolam is permitted for use in scientific studies as a research chemical.