The Effects

  • Tranquillisers are a sedative & work by depressing the nervous system, slowing the body down
  • They relive tension and anxiety, making the user feel calm and relaxed
  • Large doses can make a user forgetful and send them to sleep

The Risks

  • Benzos in particular are highly addictive
  • Tranquillisers depressants and if taken with other depressants like alcohol, can lead to an accidental overdose
  • Can cause short-term meomry loss
  • Injecting crushed tablets or melted down gel capsules is extremely dangerous, sometimes fatal
  • Chalk in tablets is a major cause of collapsed veins & can lead to infection and abscess
  • Injecting gel capsules can also be fatal when the gel solidifies inside the blood vessels.  Withdrawal can cause unpleasant symptoms, pounding headache, nausea, anxiety & confusion
  • Some people report withdrawal symptoms after only 4 weeks use.  this can be dangerous & require medical help.
  • There has been an increase in the abuse of prescription drugs which are often seen as a safe option i.e “they were they must be safe”

The Law

  • Tranquillisers can only be [prescribed by a pharmacist
  • They’re controlled under Class C of the Misuse of Drugs Act
  • It’s illegal to possess benzodiazepines, including temazepam, without a prescription
  • Unauthorised possession could result in a prison sentence of up to 2 years & an unlimited fine.  Supplying i.e giving some to your friends, could mean up to 14 years in prison & an unlimited fine

Street Names

  • Benzos
  • bennies
  • Downers
  • Eggs
  • Jellies
  • Norries
  • Roofies
  • Rugby Balls
  • Tamazzies
  • Tams
  • Vallies