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Tranquillisers like Benzos can induce periods of calmness, relaxation and sleep and are used to treat anxiety and insomnia. 

They are prescription only medicines that can normally only be prescribed following a consultation with a doctor.

Also known as: Benzos, V’s, Vallies, Xanax, Xans, X’s, Roche 10, Blues,


Tranquillisers are controlled under Class C of the Misuse of Drugs Act. Unauthorised possession (i.e. without a prescription) could result in a prison sentence of up to 2 years and an unlimited fine.

Supplying, which includes giving some to your friends, could mean up to 14 years in prison and an unlimited fine.

A conviction for a drug-related offence could have a pretty serious impact. It can stop you visiting certain countries – for example the United States – and limit the types of jobs you can apply for.




short-term memory loss and big doses can make a user forgetful and make them overly sleepy.

They can be highly addictive. Withdrawal can cause panic attacks and fits.

concerns that tranquillisers have been used in sex crimes, where a victim’s drink is spiked with a tranquilliser.

Tremors, nausea, vomiting, headaches.

Xanax is an anti-anxiety medication. It can make you feel sleepy, relaxed and tired quite quickly, it is 20 times stronger than Valium.

Xanax is very addictive and you can become physically dependant on it. There has been an increase in young people going to hospital due to taking Xanax.

Xanax can cause blackouts and put you at risk of sexual assault and other crimes.