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Blues (Tranquillisers)


Different terms depending on the type of Tranquiliser.


Jellies, Benzos, Eggs, Norries, Rugby Balls, Vallies, Moggies, Mazzies, Roofies, Downers.


Tranquillisers have a sedative effect. They work by depressing the nervous system and slowing the body down.  They relieve tension and anxiety and make the user feel calm and relaxed.  Big doses can make a user forgetful and send them to sleep.


Tranquillisers come as tablets, capsules, injections or suppositories

HEALTH RISKS (long term) which includes withdrawal & tolerance:

Tranquillisers are a depressant and if taken with other depressive drugs like alcohol,  can lead to an accidental overdose.  Some Tranquillisers have been shown to cause short-term memory loss.   Injecting crushed tablets or melted down gel capsules is extremely dangerous and sometimes fatal. Tolerance develops quickly and is easy to become dependant.  Too often people become hooked and are left in their own twilight world.  Withdrawal effects can include sickness, headaches, excessive anxiety and sometimes convulsions.


Tranquillisers can only be prescribed by a pharmacist. They’re controlled under Class C of the Misuse of Drugs Act. It''s illegal to possess benzodiazepines, including temazepam, without a prescription. Unauthorised possession could result in a prison sentence of up to 2 years and an unlimited fine. Supplying, which means giving some to your friends, could mean up to 14 years in prison and an unlimited fine.

  1. They slow down the central nervous system. Most "minor" tranquilisers, including well-known trade names such as Valium and Librium, are usually taken orally as tablets, capsules, or liquids.
  2. Occasionally they are injected for both medical and non-medical purposes.
  3. Tolerance and physical and psychological dependence can develop with long-term use.
  4. With the normal dosage an individual usually feels relaxed, has a sense of well-being, and may lose their inhibitions. As the dosage increases, the individual feels more sedated and may have a sense of floating.
  5. With regular use, tolerance can develop. The user then needs to take increased doses to get the desired effect.
  6. While many people take tranquilisers for legitimate medical purposes, the concern is about the person who uses tranquilisers to cope with routine stress on a daily basis.
  7. Taking Tranquilisers can reduce your alertness.
  8. Tranquillisers release aggression and can cause convulsions.
  9. When mixed with alcohol, may cause coma and death, overdose is a very real threat.
  10. Withdrawal from regular use can lead to anxiety, nausea and confusion.
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