Top 10 street names for Valium (diazepam)
What type of drug is Valium?
Diazepam is the generic name for Valium, a type of drug classified as a benzodiazepene. Although Valium is one of the most prescribed sedative – hypnotic drugs in the world (it depressed the central nervous system and is prescribed for anxiety or insomnia) misuse of Valium can lead to both physical and psychological dependence. In other words, Valium can be addictive. More on uses for Valium here.
Valium sold on the street
Because its synthesis is challenging, the presence of Valium (diazepam) in illicit drug markets is almost always due to illegal sales or diversion of prescribed pharmaceutical stock. This means that anyone with a prescription for Valium can sell it illegally. In the most recent report on controlled prescription drug prices by the National Drug Intelligence Center, Valium goes for $1-10 per pill on black markets. Prices range higher or lower by state and city. To help you better understand the jargon, here are the top 10 ways people refer to Valium:
2. Yellow Vs (Valium 5 mg)
3. Blue Vs (Valium 10 mg)
4. Benzos (for benzodiazepene, the class of drug assigned to Valium)
5. Dead flower powers (referring to user overdoses from the 1960s?)
6. Downers (referring to CNS depressant qualities)
7. Foofoo (to describe Valium users as fancy, frilly, or excessive)
8. Howards (for Howard Hughes, a notorious Valium user)
9. Sleep away
10. Tranks (tranquilizers)
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