Temazepam might be the most famous, but there are many
kinds of tranquilliser. Learn about the effects and the
Tranquillisers (benzodiazepines) are prescribed by doctors
to treat anxiety, depression, tension problems, and sleeping
disorders. They are misused by some people to counter the
effects of stimulant drugs, or taken in combination with
alcohol or heroin. Tranquillisers come in tablets or capsules
that are swallowed. Some users inject Temazepam to intensify
What effects do tranquillisers have?
In small doses, tranquillisers can relieve anxiety
Increasing the quantity leads to drowsiness
Depending on the amount used the effects can last for three
to six hours.
What are the risks of taking tranquillisers?
With repeated use, tolerance to tranquillisers can quickly
develop. This means users need to take more to get the same
Users may then find themselves dependent on the drugs
Withdrawal from tranquillisers isn't easy resulting in irritability,
nausea, and insomnia. In some cases, there is a risk of
If combined with other drugs, especially alcohol, fatal
overdose can occur.
The law and tranquillisers:
Possession is not illegal without a prescription (except
in the case of Temazepam).
It is an offence, however, to possess tranquillisers for
supply, or allow premises to be used for the production
or supply. (Class C penalties apply.)
Slang terms for tranquillisers:
Benzos, eggs, jellies, norries, vallies, moggies, mazzies,
roofies and downers.
Tranquilliser brand names include:
Valium, Ativan, Mogadon ('moggies'), Librium, Rohypnol,
Normison. Chemical names include: diazepam, lorazepam, nitrazepam,
chlordiazepoxide, flunitrazepam, temazepam ('mazzies'/'jellies').
If you are planning on taking tranquillisers:
You should avoid mixing benzos with any other drugs, particularly
other depressants such as alcohol and heroin. Benzodiazepines
are among the most dependence-forming of drugs. The dose
has to be regularly upped to get the same effect and withdrawal
symptoms include panic attacks and severe anxiety. Cold
Turkey on benzos is extremely dangerous and frequently proves
fatal. If you're using benzos daily and wish to reduce,
you should do so only under medical supervision.