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Other names

Product names include: Valium, Ativan, Mogadon (‘moggies’), Librium, Rohypnol (‘roofies’)
Normison Chemicals Names include: Diazepam, Lorazepam, Nitrazepam, Chlordiaze-poxide, Flunitrazepam, temazepam (‘massies’, ‘jellies’)
Other names: Benzos, Downers

What is looks like & how it is taken

Tablets or capsules that are swallowed

The effects

Tranquillisers have a sedative effect: they depress the nervous system and slow down the body
Calm users and slow them down mentally
Relieve tension and anxiety
High doses can make users drowsy and forgetful

The health risks

Some tranquillisers are addictive
Extremely dangerous if mixed with alcohol
Some tranquillisers cause a temporary loss of short-term memory
Users trying to quit may suffer panic attacks
It is very dangerous to inject tranquillisers
Sharing injecting equipment puts users at risk of dangerous infections like hepatitis B or C and HIV or AIDS

Legal Status

While possession is not illegal without prescription (except Temazepam or Runitrazepam), supply is against the law and Class C penalties apply