A.K.A: Benzos, Tranks, Downers, Xannies, Valium
Benzodiazepines are a group of depressant drugs. There are several prescription benzos that are used to treat conditions such as anxiety and alcohol withdrawal. There are also many illicit benzos that are often more potent.
Benzos can make you feel relaxed, calm, and drowsy. They can also make you feel confused, uncoordinated, and unable to stay awake. If someone uses benzos regularly, stopping suddenly can cause seizures and can be dangerous if it is not managed with the help of a medical professional.
There are many fake benzos that are sold from outside of New Zealand on the illegal market. They are sometimes made to look like prescription benzos but can contain dangerous ingredients and uneven doses.
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