Some of the street names for drugs that fall into the benzodiazepine category are so benign that it might seem next to impossible to recognize that this harmless word is, in fact, another name for an addictive drug. Street names are used for a variety of reasons, mostly because drug users and dealers don’t want to refer directly to the drug in case they are in a mixed company, or in case there are police nearby.
Consider the reaction in a high school if a student drops the word “heroin” into a conversation that is overhead. There is sure to be a swift and strong reaction among the students and faculty. But if they say “Brown sugar” or “cheese,” which is in fact a reference to a combination of heroin and cough medication, then the conversation is likely to be simply ignored.
The Basics of Benzodiazepines
Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs typically prescribed for the treatment of anxiety and or insomnia. There is naturally a high potential for benzodiazepine abuse, even among those who are given a prescription by a doctor overseeing their case.
Benzodiazepines relax the muscles, have sedative effects, work as hypnotics, and also work as anticonvulsants. They are marketed under a number of different names, but each of these drugs falls into the class of a benzodiazepine. Some of the brand names include:
These drugs carry some very serious side effects, even when they are used as prescribed. Some of the side effects include:
- Memory loss
- Decrease in blood pressure
- Respiratory concerns; including respiratory distress
Overdose among those who have a benzodiazepine addiction is highly possible, especially when alcohol or other drugs enter the picture.
Learning More about Street Names
As a loved one concerned about the benzodiazepine addiction your family member is struggling with, the more benzodiazepine information that you have on hand, the better you will be able to help your loved one find his way to sobriety.
Benzodiazepine medications are often prescribed for legitimate reasons, but those engaging in benzodiazepine abuse are much more likely to be using illegal benzodiazepine prescriptions to feed their addiction. One of the truths about addiction is that it typically comes with lies, deception, and the intense desire to cover up drug usage. This is often where so-called street names come into play.
Some of the most common names used in place of benzodiazepine drugs are:
- Heavenly Blues
- Valley Girl
- Z Bars
- School Bus
- Dead Flower Powers
The more awareness you have about benzodiazepine abuse and the street names that your loved one might be used to cover up his illegal benzodiazepine use, the better prepared you will be to provide help.