Minor tranquillisers can induce periods of calmness, relaxation and sleep, and are used to treat anxiety and insomnia. They are prescription only medicines that can normally only be prescribed following a consultation with a doctor. In the club scene, tranquillisers are often used as chill-out drugs, and to help people sleep after taking stimulants. Some people use them to help come down of acid, cocaine, speed or ecstasy after a big night out.

Effects of tranquillisers are:

  • Sedation – they depress the nervous system and ‘slow’ the brain and body down
  • Relief of tension and anxiety – helping the user feel calm and relaxed.
  • Help with insomnia