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Here we are referring to the minor tranquilisers, which provide a sedative or hypnotic effect, more commonly known together as benzodiazepines, benzos, downers (out of towners) or individually as

  • Temazepam ( normison, mazzies, eggs, norries, jellies, colour tellys)
  • Diazepam (valium, vallies, diazies, blues-10mg, yellows-5mg, whites-2mg)
  • Nitrazepam (mogadon, moggies, nitrazies)
  • Chlordiazepoxide (librium) Lorazapam (ativan) Flunitrazepam (rohypnol, roofies)


Tranquillisers are pharmaceutically produced drugs designed to promote calmness and are used to help treat anxiety, depression, insomnia and many other ailments.

Most popular at present is diazepam which comes in small, round blue tablets (10mg) or yellow tablets (5mg). They come in pills or capsules for swallowing, suppositories for up the bum or can be injected when specially prepared for this purpose.

The term Tranquilliser is a generic name shared by hundreds of different chemicals sharing similar properties.

As such the information shown below is not specific to any one tranquilliser. If you would like more specific information please contact us directly.


Tranquillisers depress the central nervous system and as such have a sedative effect, calming and relaxing the user. They are dose sensitive and higher doses are prescribed when treating insomnia, to send the user to sleep.

Tranquilisers are generally addictive (especially Benzos) as tolerance increases over time and as a result of this user's need to increase the amount of the drug they take to get the same result.

Immediate effects may appear rapidly and can last from hours to days. They include a sense of relaxation and well-being, a 'floating' sensation and a feeling of warmth as well as short term memory loss, reduced emotional reactions and mental alertness, and reduced attention span and feelings of anxiety. They may slow down heartbeat and breathing and can induce long periods of sleep and drowsiness.

Longer term effects can include physical addiction, mood swings, increased aggression, withdrawal symptoms, severe depression and anxiety.

Withdrawal symptoms can sometimes be seen after even relatively short periods of use. If tranquilisers are used for 4-6 weeks and then abruptly stopped, withdrawal symptoms are likely to occur.

Symptoms include tremors, agitation, disturbed sleep, stomach aches, anxiety, irritability, sweating and feelings of depression. There are also serious paradoxical complications that may occur in conjunction with the use of sedatives that to some individuals result in results that are unexpected and the opposite to the effects expected, this is thought to happen in about 5% of users.

Harm Reduction

  • It is important not to stop taking tranquilisers suddenly if you have been taking them for a long period of time as this will cause withdrawal symptoms.
  • Do not take tranquilisers with other depressants such as alcohol as the combined effect can be fatal.
  • Only inject tranquilisers if they are designed to be injected
  • Keep a close eye on your drinks when you're out as tranquilisers have been used in attacks of a sexual nature where drinks have been spiked.


All tranquilisers are Prescription Only drugs under the Medicines Act. They are a class C drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

Max penalty for possession is 2 years and unlimited fine.

Max penalty for supply or intent to supply is 14 years and unlimited fine.

For more in depth information on this substance you can check out one of the worlds best drug websites: www.erowid.org