|Legal Status||Class C|
Penalty for possession: Up to two years in prison and / or an unlimited fine.
Penalty for dealing: Up to 14 years in prison and / or an unlimited fine.
Medical Diazepam is used to treat restlessness, depression, tension and anxiety, to induce sleep, as a muscle relaxant, as an anti-convulsant drug and psychiatric disorders. In the UK there are numerous batches of counterfiet MSJ diazepam, and these counterfeits are reported to be arriving from Sweden, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Greece. Some counterfeits are of poor quality and easier to notice, where as some are very professional looking.
Diazepam has a high potential for dependence.
|Short Term Effects||
The drug induces relaxation, reduced anxiety, sleepiness and euphoria, but side-effects such as light-headedness, loss of coordination, severe memory loss, aggression, drowsiness, headaches, and confusion may also be experienced. Other risks include accidents or risk of overdose if combined with alcohol or other drugs. Users of illicit supplies will not know the strength of what they were taking and may take too much. Co-ingestion of alcohol and other central nervous system depressants potentiates the effects of benzodiazepines and can increase toxicity.
|Long Term Effects||
Agoraphobia, panic attacks, severe anxiety.
Identified in Sweden: 7-chloro-5-(2-fluorophenyl)-1,3-dihydro-1,4-benzodiazepin-2-one (norfludiazepam). Norfludiazepam is a benzodiazepine and is structurally related to the internationally controlled substance diazepam.
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