Drugs Map of Britain - 3. Scotland: Valium Crisis, the third episode in the hard hitting documentary series produced by the BBC. In this film we travel up to Scotland to investigate the Valium pandemic where three quarters of all drug related deaths involve this drug. Valium or as it is sometimes referred to as “diazepam” is a prescription drug which is often prescribed by doctors in the treatment of anxiety disorders however it has a number of grim side-effects and some people can suffer allergic reactions.
The recreational use of this drug has soared in recent years as both legitimate and counterfeit versions are being sold illegally on the street for as little as 20p per pill. Users take the chemical because of it’s relaxing properties. Side effects of Diazepam use can cause death. In the film we meet a number of regular uses of Valium to investigate the devastating consequences it has.