The Daily Record has reported that there are “millions” of potentially lethal pills being sold as Valium in Scotland.
The article states that users do not know the true chemical contents and a number of people have already lost their lives due to overdosing on the drugs.
Service staff and users should be aware that –
- Benzodiazepine use is a long-standing issue in Scotland.
- A wide variety of tablets sold on the street look similar to prescribed diazepam (yellow or blue). There has been an apparent increase in the variety of these pills in recent years.
- Some do not contain diazepam at the stated dose or contain no diazepam at all.
- Some contain other powerful and potentially dangerous drugs or mixtures of drugs.
- Withdrawal from benzodiazepines should only be undertaken following medical advice.
Scottish Drugs Forum recommends printing this poster and displaying it in your service to keep service users and staff informed of the potential risks associated with diazepam and other benzodiazepines.
The newspaper article claimed that there have been few official warnings from police or government health officials. This is inaccurate as SDF and others have consistently raised concerns over benzodiazepine supply and use. The production of the poster and SDF involvement in a recent television documentary are just some of the activities undertaken in this regard.