Street valium

Statement by Dr Morten Draegebo, Clinical Director of Emergency Medicine

Although NHS Ayrshire & Arran has not seen a marked increase in the number of people attending our Emergency Departments with side effects of taking street valium, an increase in the severity of symptoms has been noticed.

Street valium has unpredictable side effects, and can lead to people suffering life-threatening damage to their kidneys and other organs and needing immediate life support. The main symtom of street valium is drowsiness and difficulty in breathing effectively.

We would urge anyone thinking of using illicit drugs, including street valium, and those drugs formerly called ‘legal highs’, to keep in mind that they will not know what they are taking and they are endangering their life by taking them.

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