Benzodiazepine

Benzodiazepine

(Benzos, temazies, jellies, eggs, moggies, vallies)

Benzies are used to both counter the effect of ‘uppers’ like cocaine, speed and E and ‘downers’
like heroin and booze.

Benzodiazepines are doctor-prescribed drugs for reducing stress and anxiety, promoting
calmness, relaxation and sleep and as anti-depressants (Examples include: estazolam
(ProSom), flurazepam (Dalmane), quazepam (Doral), temazepam (Normison) and triazolam
(Halcion), alprazolam (Xanax), chlordiazepoxide (Librium), clorazepate (Tranxene), diazepam
(Valium), halazepam (Paxipam),lorazepam (Ativan), oxazepam (Serax) and prazepam (Centrax)

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Used as a ‘chill out’ drug on the club scene or as a downer, the drug comes in tablet form,
although it can be injected (introducing the risk of septicaemia, abscesses and attendant perils
of using shared needles such as AIDS, Hepatitis etc.)

ROHYPNOL

Rohypnol, that is known world wide as the “Date Rape Drug”, holds a very serious threat for the
users thereof. It is a drug that is abused more and more especially by teenagers and is found
especially at parties and more so at house parties. Rohypnol’s active ingredient, Flunitrazepam,
is part of Benzodiazepine types of drugs, which is known world wide for use in various cases of
rape. This drug that was recently reclassified as a schedule 6 tablet, and can only be obtained
with a prescription and is used as a sleeping tablet.

Rohypnol has various street names of which “Rosshies” is the most popular because of the
fact that the producer’s name is printed thereon. There are various cases noted in Pretoria
and especially in areas such as Laudium, where Rohypnol is obtained by means of forged
prescriptions and sold and marketed on street level.

USE OF THE SUBSTANCE

Rohypnol is largely used by crushing it and mixing it with drinks. It can also be taken as a tablet
to aggravate the effect of alcohol misuse. In other words, the person will experience a very high
level of intoxication. The danger thereof is that Rohypnol is mixed with a person’s drink or cool
drink without their knowledge. This especially happens at parties previously mentioned. Girls’
drinks usually get spiked with the sole purpose of raping them. It usually happens that a
person that is being raped, realizes that someone is busy having sexual intercourse with her,
but that she is not able to do anything to stop it. The next day she cannot remember any
details with regards to the raping. It is clear that Rohypnol at this stage, not just in South Africa
but world wide, especially in the USA, holds a serious danger for the safety of especially young
ladies.The use of this tablet is growing at an alarming rate and it was the purpose of the
legislator to curb the misuse thereof by placing it in a higher schedule than what it
originally was.

PREVENTION

Ladies are seriously advised not to, under any circumstances, receive a drink at a nightclub
that is in an open container, but to rather open the container themselves or to watch the
person that is pouring the drink. An open drink should not be left unattended.

TEMAZEPAM

(Tems, Temazzies, Eggs, Green Eggs, Jellies, Norries, Rugby balls.)

Temazepam is a short-acting Benzodiazepine. It is normally prescribed to people who have
difficulty sleeping, or occasionally to reduce anxiety. Temazepam is produced as a gel-filled
capsule, designed to be taken orally. A normal therapeutic dose of temazepam would be
10mg-30mg. If you have a normal dose of Temazepam you may feel less anxious and start
to feel relaxed and sleepy. At higher doses the effects are similar to alcohol – you may feel
less inhibited towards other people. Your behaviour may be exaggerated (people who are
using Temazepam are often very talkative or over-excited, sometimes even hostile or
aggressive) and judgement is impaired. You may have a false sense of confidence, or
even believe you are invincible or invisible.

Physical Changes :

Temazepam is usually prescribed to help people sleep, and the main physical effects of the
drug are as a muscle relaxant. The other effects described above are experienced if you take
the drug and stay awake.

If you use Benzodiazepines regularly you can become dependant – withdrawal symptoms
include anxiety, sleeplessness, panic attacks, loss of appetite, nausea, tremors and
sometimes even hallucinations. These symptoms can persist for weeks after stopping use
of the drug. Abrupt withdrawal from high doses can cause convulsions and fits, and should
never be attempted without medical supervision.
DANGERS:

The effects of downers like Temazepam make it more difficult to judge and assess situations
than normal. Because of this, if you use the drug you are more vulnerable to accidents (for
example when crossing a busy road). You can overdose on Temazepam (causing loss of
consciousness), especially if you are using another depressant drug like alcohol or heroin.

If you vomit while you are unconscious, you may choke – avoid using this drug on your own
if you can. As with any drug that reduces inhibitions, you may be more likely to have
unprotected sex, risking unwanted pregnancy and exposing yourself to sexually transmitted
diseases. Temazepam is a drug that should not be injected – the gel in the capsules can
resolidify after injection.

This can cause thrombosis (a blood clot) and lead to collapsed veins; if you hit an artery by
mistake, the blockage can cause gangrene, possibly leading to amputation of a hand, a foot,
even an arm or a leg. If you do inject and are with other people, the effects of the drug could
make you careless or forgetful mixing used and clean needles and syringes increases the
risk of exposing yourself to infections like Hepatitis B or C, or HIV.

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