Posted on September 15, 2008 in prescription drug abuse

Can't get your Hands on Heroin? Try Diazepam.

I am of course suggesting Diazepam in jest, but the fact is that this prescription drug is taking the underground drug market for a ride.  If you have ever heard of, or taken Valium, then you know what Diazepam is.  While it is commonly used to treat anxiety, insomnia, seizures, alcohol withdrawal, and muscle spasms, it has recently come into favor as a recreational drug.

Themedguru.com is reporting that:

A 2005 survey found that 19% youngsters took prescription drugs to get high. They consider them less dangerous because they see them as medicine. They are easily available, give a 24 hr ‘high,’ are extremely addictive, cheap-and perfectly legal. The estimated value of a Diazepam strip is about 1dollar.

I find it ironic that these kids are “health conscious” about their drugs.  The one advantage that they have is cleanliness, but beyond that, they are still a drug.  What I am trying to say is that, if it isn’t prescribed to you, it is still dangerous, and it doesn’t matter if Dr.Joe Blow prescribes it.  If it isn’t meant for you, you shouldn’t take it.

If you are looking for confirmation of Diazepam’s skyrocketing popularity, and marked danger, look no further then Heath Ledger.  The recently deceased actor overdosed in January, and among the drug cocktail found in the actor’s body: Diazepam.  The drug has become a favorite among soccer moms and is slowly but surely increasing in popularity.  It is not uncommon (as I found out in a stint as a Police Officer) to find this stuff being sold on the streets like it was coke.  Let’s hope people get smart, and check themselves into drug rehabilitation to kick this stuff if they are addicted.

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