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Benzodiazepines (ben-zo-die-a-ze-peens) also known as Vallies, Jellies, Blues and Benzo’s are a group of drugs that share similar characteristics. They are usually prescribed by a doctor for a number of illnesses including sleep problems and anxiety but are also widely used on the recreational drug scene, often as a comedown drug for other drugs.
Benzodiazepines are depressant (downer) drugs which can cause drowsiness and long periods of sleep. They also slow down your heart rate and breathing. People using them can experience a ‘floating’ sensation as well as a warm, calm and relaxed feeling. Negative experiences can include short term memory loss, reduced mental alertness and anxiety.
They come as tablets or capsules in various sizes, shapes and colours and are usually swallowed. The most popular at present is diazepam which comes in small, round blue tablets (10mg) or yellow tablets (5mg). Higher doses are usually prescribed by a doctor when treating sleeplessness. These doses should not be taken as recommendations.
If you are determined to use this drug:
Withdrawal symptoms can happen even after short periods of use. Using for 4-6 weeks and then abruptly stopping can cause withdrawal symptoms
Only inject benzodiazepines if they are designed to be injected. Many users have lost limbs due to injecting temazepam eggs/capsules
Keep a close eye on your drinks when you're out as temazepam, rohypnol and others have been used in attacks of a sexual nature where drinks have been spiked
Sleep on your side to avoid choking in your sleep if you throw up
Stay with friends in case you experience negative effects
Take EXTREME caution if mixing with alcohol, opiates or other downers as the risk of overdose is increased
Some Benzodiazepines are not controlled. If controlled they are a Class C Drug (unless prescribed by a doctor). Penalties for possession without a prescription are up to 2 years in prison and/or an unlimited fine. Supply holds penalties of up to 14 years in prison and/or an unlimited fine.