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What Are Street Names for Benzodiazepines?

What Are Street Names for Benzodiazepines?Illegal use of benzodiazepine drugs is surrounded by an economy and culture of its own. One way people involved in this “benzo” culture set themselves apart is by giving names to the drugs they use or sell. These “street names” are separate from the chemical names or brand names used by doctors and pharmacists who prescribe and dispense the same drugs for legal and legitimate medical use.

Why Are Street Names Used?

Any benzo that is commonly abused at all is known by dozens of street names. These names fulfill a number of purposes. These include:

  • Marketing – Selling illegal drugs is a big business. Street names are used to enhance the image of the drugs just like brand names and slogans are used to sell legal items.  Referring to the drugs with names that sound fresher and more fun than the proper names make the drugs seem more desirable.
  • Secrecy – drug dealers want more customers, but they also want to avoid attention being brought to their illegal activities. Street names are not commonly known by non-drug users. If conversations about drug use or transactions are conducted using street names are overheard, the suspicion of the listeners may not be aroused.
  • Emotional connection – Drug abuse and addiction can dramatically rearrange someone’s priorities and loyalties. The benzos that are being abused become familiar, trusted and even loved. Nicknames are as natural within such a relationship as pet names for a spouse or child.

The wide variety of benzodiazepine street names exist to meet these needs.

Cracking the Code

It can be very difficult for an outside observer to make sense of a conversation about drugs that uses these slang terms. The list of names street names for various benzodiazepines is very long. New terms and words are added all the time. Memorizing and keeping up-to-date on all of them can be very difficult.

Fortunately, the common street names for benzodiazepines are very poorly kept secrets. Benzo users discuss the drugs openly on many publicly accessible online forums. If you overhear a word which you suspect may be a street name for a benzodiazepine, a web search for the word plus “benzo” or “benzodiazepine” will probably hit upon a page from one of these discussions if the word is used as a street name.

Some popular names include: rope, roofies, xanbars, xannies, blue footballs, howards, V’s, blue bombs, and tranks. There are hundreds more.

Benzos Are Dangerous

If you are not able to determine which drug your loved one is using, you will not necessarily be at too much of a disadvantage. Because the effects of many benzodiazepines are similar to one another, most abusers of that class of drugs regularly use a variety of them. Even though they vary in potency, all of them are dangerous and addictive. You only need to know about one benzodiazepine being abused in order to know that your loved one has a serious problem.

While it is good to learn what you can about your loved one’s drug habit, identifying the specific benzodiazepines being used is less important than knowing that there is a problem. Regardless of the specific drugs being abused, the essential solution is the same: Committing to a course of treatment and recovery.

Find Benzodiazepine Addiction Help

If you think someone you know is abusing a benzodiazepine, call our toll-free helpline to learn more about what you can do to help. Admissions counselors are available 24 hours a day.

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