U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Dot gov

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Https

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Benzodiazepines
Benzodiazepines
Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines

What is it?

Depressants that produce sedation, induce sleep, relieve anxiety and prevent seizures. Available in prescription pills, syrup and injectable preparation. Prescribed as Valium®, Xanax®, Restoril®, Ativan®, Klonopin®

Street Names

Benzos, Downers, Nerve Pills, Tranks

How is it used?

  • 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
DEA US Badge
United States Drug Enforcement Administration DEA.gov is an official site of the U.S. Department of Justice