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Benzodiazepines are prescription drugs that can be used to treat anxiety. ‘Street benzos’ are illicit drugs that are similar but can be far more dangerous.

Also called:

  • Alprazolam
  • Bars
  • Benzos
  • Blues
  • Diazepam
  • Downers
  • Etizolam
  • Rohypnol
  • Roofies
  • Temazepam
  • Valium
  • Vallies
  • Xanax
  • Xans

Quick info

How the drug works varies from person to person

How you might feel
Sleepy, relaxed, calm and or confused, and disorientated.
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Effects on your body
Could make you unsteady on your feet, have slower reflexes.
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How long it takes to work
Depending on the type of benzo, takes around 30 mins.
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How long the effects last
Around 1-4 hours depending on type of benzo taken.
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Common risks
Taking benzos can make you drowsy, dizzy and sometimes aggressive. Taking benzos with alcohol is dangerous because this is two sedatives actively mixing together.
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Mixing drugs
Mixing drugs is always risky but some mixtures are more dangerous than others.
Read more about mixing with other drugs

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