What about the laws regarding benzodiazepines?

Most benzodiazepines fall under the Medicines Act and are on list II of the Opium Act. The medicine should only be prescribed by a doctor and dispensed by a pharmacist. In addition, (non-prescribed) possession of and trade in benzodiazepines is punishable by law.

Some benzodiazepines or derivatives thereof (thienotriazolodiazepines, for example, to which etizolam belongs) are not covered by the Medicines Act, but by the Commodities Act. It is difficult to say whether something falls under the Medicines Act or the Commodities Act. There is no list of substances that fall under the Medicines Act. That should be looked at on a case-by-case basis. Because etizolam is used as a medicine in Italy, it will again fall under the Medicines Act in the Netherlands.