ADDICTS IN DEADLY MIX; Growing craze for diazepam revealed.THE tranquilliser once known as "mother's little helper Little Helper can refer to:
Drug information charity Drug- Scope said larger numbers of people are abusing diazepam diazepam /di·az·e·pam/ (di-az´e-pam) a benzodiazepine used as an antianxiety agent, sedative, antipanic agent, antitremor agent, skeletal muscle relaxant, anticonvulsant, and in the management of alcohol withdrawal symptoms. , which is better known under its defunct brand name Valium.
The tranquilliser - which was launched by Swiss pharmaceutical company Hoffmann-La Roche in 1963 - was once one of the world's most widely prescribed drugs, and was associated with the acceptable, suburban face of drug-taking.
Now addicts are combining it with strong alcohol or methadone methadone (mĕth`ədōn', –dŏn'), synthetic narcotic similar in effect to morphine. Synthesized in Germany, it came into clinical use after World War II. It is sometimes used as an analgesic and to suppress the cough reflex. in a potentially lethal cocktail, particularly to ease the effects of withdrawal from crack cocaine, Drug Scope warned.
Diazepam may also be growing as a cheap alternative to heroin, because supplies of heroin have suffered a recent slump in purity.
Usage was rising in 15 out of 20 town and cities across the UK covered by the research. A 10 milligram milligram /mil·li·gram/ (mg) (mil´i-gram) one thousandth (10-3) of a gram.
n. Abbr. mg
A metric unit of mass equal to one thousandth (10-3) of a gram. dose of diazepam costs just pounds 1, the charity found.
Drug Scope chief executive Martin Barnes said: "The rise in the use of diazepam is concerning, particularly as drug users face a high risk of overdose when using the drug in combination with other drugs.
He added: "A heroin shortage might instinctively appear a positive development, especially as it can lead to more people entering treatment, but it can bring its own problems."
Police and Customs seizures of diazepam rocketed from 300,000 pills seized between July 2003 and June 2006 to two million between July 2006 and June 2008, DrugScope said.
HAZARD: Diazepam tablets are used as a heroin alternative