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AKA Blues, Benzos, Vallies

Mar 21

The Drug

Valium is a brand of diazepam, one of a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines. They are medically prescribed sedative drugs which help people suffering from tension and insomnia. The most well known is valium.

It comes in pill form and work by slowing down the central nervous system. They are a much stronger drug than is often perceived. Hundreds are admitted to hospital every year having collapsed after taking valium, often after alcohol.

Valium is also sometimes taken as a ‘downer’ after a long session on cocaine, ecstasy or mephedrone. They are sold cheaply by dealers – for less than a pound each or are also available from foreign internet sites – many are scam sites. Taking valium every day can cause an addiction and withdrawal can be very difficult.

Also known as: Blues, benzos, vallies


Valium comes in small, round blue tablets (10mg). A 10 mg pill takes 20-30 minutes to work and lasts for 6-8 hours. Generally they relieve tension and anxiety by causing drowsiness and encouraging sleep. They effectively work in the opposite way of stimulants, like mephedrone and cocaine.

Once you have taken it you soon feel calmer and experience a lift in optimism and outlook which can last for several hours. Some people, particularly teenagers find valium much stronger than expected and can pass out from its effects. Valium also effects your co-ordination and balance and can also cause short-term memory loss. Mixing alcohol and valium can make you pass out with little warning.

There are a wide range of other benzodiazepines which are prescribed to help with anxiety. There is also a wide variety in shape, size and colour of the benzodiazepine pills. The other benzos include include Xanax, Librium, Ativan and Temazepam.


Passing out on drugs like valium, particularly after drinking alcohol can leave you vulnerable to personal injury. Taking valium as a ‘downer’ to counteract the effects of other stimulants is not just a simple antidote but puts more strain on your body.

It is possible to overdose on valium but death is rare unless intentional. valium and other benzos appear on a high proportion of death certificates from poly drug users who have taken a variety of drugs.

Valium has addictive properties which are both psychological and physical but only show after regular use over some weeks. This is mainly for those who are prescribed valium for long term stress and depression.

Withdrawal can lead to psychological problems including fatigue, loss of confidence and concentration. Physical problems may include, muscle pain, sweating, nausea and insomnia.

Be Safe

It is better to avoid mixing with alcohol – it increases its effects makes you dizzy and unbalanced. Your reactions are slow when you have taken valium so you should not be responsible for anyone. You should not drive; it would be illegal anyway. Inexperienced drug takers get themselves into trouble by thinking valium is quite a mild alternative to other drugs. There are a lot of admissions to hospital every year for people who have fallen unconscious from taking valium or other benzos.

The Law

Valium is a Class C drug. It is an offence to possess the drug without a prescription although convictions for small amounts are rare. You are more likely to be arrested if the pill may be mistaken by a police officer for another controlled drug such as ecstasy. If you are under 18 there is a high chance of arrest. Prosecutions through court are rare. Dealing in valium could attract a prison sentence, but is relatively rare.

Do benzodiazepines reduce anxiety?
Some benzodiazepines are legally prescribed for anxiety disorders. When a course is taken in combination with other approaches (exercise, counseling etc) doctors found patients had reduced anxiety levels.

Can you overdose on Valium?
Valium is often prescribed in 2mg, 5mg or 10mg tablets and should not be taken longer than 4 weeks. The daily dose of prescribed Valium will vary depending on the condition it aims to treat. 10mg would make most people very sleepy. Any alcohol magnifies the effect. For those who recreationally abuse Valium there is ‘no safety’ limit, consequently people can easily overdose depending on their size and tolerance. Typical signs of a Valium overdose are: slurred speech; cold body temperature; blurred vision.