Tranquillisers, tranx, sleeping tablets, sleepers, vallies, temazzies, downers.
Valium (diazepam), Librium (chlordiazepoxide), Ativan (lorazepam), Nobrium (medazepam), Rohypnol (flunitrazepam), Oxazepam (oxazepam), Temazepam (temazepam), Normison (temazepam), Dalmane (flurazepam), Nitrazepam, Mogadon (nitrazepam).
Central nervous system depressant, sedative.
Tablets, capsules (video).
Relaxation, reduced anxiety, euphoria.
Drowsiness, light-headedness, loss of coordination, confusion.
To treat restlessness, depression, tension and anxiety; to induce sleep; as a muscle relaxant; as a pre-surgery sedative, as an anti-convulsant drug.
Tolerance, accidents, potential for overdose if combined with alcohol. Rohypnol has been implicated in a number of drug-assisted rape cases where the drug has been supplied into someone's drink without them knowing.
Dependence, severe withdrawal symptoms if suddenly stopped, agoraphobia, panic attacks, severe anxiety.
Class C under the Misuse of Drugs Act, 1971.
How is it taken?
If tablets are crushed and injected: needles & syringes, water, matches or lighter, spoon, tourniquet.
Video of tranquillisers.
Where does it come from?
Diverted from manufacturers, pharmacies and GPs prescriptions.
Drug counselling agencies, drug dependency clinics, user self help groups.