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What are Benzodiazepines?

Updated: Aug 16, 2022

Benzodiazepines are a group of depressant drugs. Many of these drugs are common in the UK. Drugs such as diazepam are prescribed as medicines in the UK. The recreational use of benzodiazepines in the UK is a growing problem.



The desired effect when prescribed

Benzodiazepines are usually prescribed to treat anxiety and severe insomnia. They depress the nervous system and slow the brain and body down. They can also be used for panic disorders and alcohol withdrawal. Benzodiazepine drugs increase the effects of GABA on your brain and body. This means these drugs can: relax your muscles.

Side Effects

  • They start to take effect between 30-90 minutes.

  • They slow down the central nervous system, increasing the risk of overdose.

  • Confusion

  • Disorientation

  • Weakness

  • Impaired concentration


Long-Term Side Effects

  • Memory loss

  • Insomnia

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • They are highly addictive.





Street Names/Nicknames

Scoobies, V's, Yellows, Blues, Benzos, Dead flower powers, Downers, Foofoo, Sleep away, Howards, Tranks, old joes, drunk pills, ludes.