Benzo Resource

Today we launch our new benzo resource! This in-depth booklet covers different types of benzodiazepines, routes of administration, the risks of mixing and much more.

Benzodiazepines (benzos) are a group of depressant drugs. They are also known as tranquillisers and can have sedative and calming effects. Some benzodiazepines, such as diazepam (Valium), are prescribed to treat anxiety, insomnia, seizures (fits) and other health conditions.

In recent years, the non-medicinal benzodiazepine market has expanded rapidly. The European Drug Report 2020 states that the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction is “currently monitoring 30 new benzodiazepines – 21 of which were first detected in Europe since 2015”. The use of many benzodiazepines, including etizolam, alprazolam, flualprazolam, diclazepam, phenazepam and flubromazolam, has been reported in the UK.

The rise in use of benzodiazepines (especially street benzos) has been a significant driver of increasing drug-related deaths in Scotland. In just a few years, drug-related deaths where etizolam was implicated has risen from 43 (2015) to 548 (2018). We urge other countries to prepare now and quickly address any emerging issues.

The booklet is available for free download. For a small cost you can order print copies for your service – please email


1-49 copies – £1.00 per copy

50-99 copies – £0.80 per copy

100-499 copies – £0.60 per copy

500+ copies  £0.50 per copy

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