What is it?
Depressants that produce sedation and hypnosis, relieve anxiety and muscle spasms, and reduce seizures. Available in prescription pills, syrup and injectable preparation. Prescribed as Valium®, Xanax®, Restoril®, Ativan®, Klonopin®.
Benzos, Downers, Nerve Pills, Tranks
How it is Taken
Orally or crushed and snorted
How does it affect the body?
- Calming, euphoria
- Vivid or disturbing dreams
- Amnesia, hostility, irritability
- Overdose may be fatal. Signs: shallow respiration, clammy skin, dilated pupils, weak and rapid pulse, coma
FACT SHEET: Read more about benzodiazepines (pdf)