I don’t know, I can’t think straight. I don’t feel anything.
It’s hard to talk to me, isn’t it? Hi, I’m Nellie.
-And I’m Bastiaan. And welcome in our Drugs…
-…lab. And just like every week,
we’ll try a drug so you don’t have to. Is there a drug you think we should try,
leave a comment and maybe we’ll do so. Jamie, Rick…
-And Crankylvr did so too. They’re very curious about diazepam. This is diazepam, a round blue pill. Ours
is 10 mg, but it also comes in 2 and 5 mg. Diazepam is a medicine
and you only get it on prescription. It belongs to the benzodiazepines,
also known as benzos. It has a soothing, tranquilizing effect
and reduces anxiety. In the 70s and 80s
diazepam was very popular… and widely prescribed by doctors. They said it was a harmless tranquilizer,
but that turned out not to be true… because it’s actually really addictive. In the Netherlands over 600,000 people
are addicted to benzodiazepines. That’s really a lot. You’re addicted to a substance if you use
it consistently for more than three months. Some people suffer from anxiety
or sleeping disorders. But what I find dangerous is that people
use it because they’re restless or tense… or suffer from some kind
of panic disorder. That way you don’t solve
the underlying problem. After eight weeks you build up tolerance
so that you’ll have to take more and more. Until your body can no longer go
without it. A researcher has said that it’s harder
to get people off benzos than off heroin. So it takes longer to kick a benzo habit
than a heroin habit. That’s really heavy. It has a tranquilizing effect, so I think
I should do it, because I’m very hyper. Right?
-If you want to, I’m all for it. You shouldn’t underestimate this pill.
-No. It also gets prescribed for anxiety.
Are you afraid of something? I’m afraid of dogs.
Fighting dogs like bulldogs. What’s the matter?
-And of Chihuahuas? No, just big dogs. And I’m afraid of heights,
not so much when looking like this… but when I look down. My legs will
start trembling and I have to jump. My belt is on.
I’ll write down the base values. You’re getting a 10-mg pill.
You’re pretty hyper today. Yes?
-Yes, I can tell. I’m always hyper, or not? Diazepam has a half-life
that can run up to more than 24 hours. So if you take another pill the next day,
you may start stacking and take too much. Important: never combine it
with alcohol, medicines or drugs. Especially not with other downers
like GHB. That has a big impact on your respiration
and may cause you to stop breathing. And certain signals will get blocked… so that you can choke on your tongue
or your own vomit. Yes?
-Yes, right? There are many different types
of benzodiazepines. There’s a distinction between sedatives
and tranquilizers. Whether it puts you to sleep
or tranquilizes you… depends on the dosage, the strength,
how fast it works and how long it works. Sedatives usually get taken up
and broken down very quickly… while tranquilizers get taken up
and broken down very slowly. I’m suddenly sitting next
to a very quiet person. Are you just staring at me?
-Oh, sorry. You’re pretty foggy.
-I’m getting a bit dull. Seriously. I don’t feel like doing anything.
My arms just feel so sluggish. I’m a bit fuzzy. More relaxed?
-Yes, that I am. I don’t know, I can’t think straight.
It’s just very… Yeah, a bit emotionless. I’m so not myself. I could easily fall asleep, but I’m
fighting the urge to close my eyes. And your body? My legs are still trembling. You see that?
-Yes. But especially here I feel very sluggish. Do you feel your muscles are weaker?
-Definitely my arms. Arm-wrestle? I’m doing my best,
because I don’t want to lose. Did it take a lot of effort?
-Yes, it did. I’m glad. I find it very boring.
The vibe here is so boring. You created it yourself.
-It’s as if I’m at a funeral. Yes, that’s the vibe here. One risk of diazepam is brain damage. It’s been proven that after a year of use
brain damage occurs and the brain shrinks. It also causes forgetfulness. You’ve only had one pill, but I still wonder
what your short-term memory is like now. So let’s do a test. There are a number of objects here.
Bastiaan can look for a few seconds. Then he has to turn around
and tell me what he saw. Turn around. Yes. Okay, let’s hear it.
-Rabbit… A clothes peg.
Green tweezers. Orange. Bubble bottle. The tea can. A Mars bar. Was that all?
-No. I said rabbit, right?
-Yes. I don’t know what else. Did I have everything?
Oh, orange juice. You missed two.
-The two healthiest things. Since you’re so sleepy
and less concentrated… it also affects
your short-term memory. Diazepam reduces feelings of fear. You just indicated that you’re afraid
of Chihuahuas. No, of very big dogs. And of heights.
That’s why we have something for you. Here we have VR glasses and a nice video.
Because you’re going to go… to large heights. When I look down it’s kind of scary.
But I don’t feel anything. No fear?
-No. I don’t really feel anything.
I have no emotions. They’re turned off. That’s what you look like.
-Yes? Do you think it would have been scarier
without the diazepam? Yes, I think so. Because then I’d feel more.
Now I don’t feel anything. You look like you’ve been partying
for ten hours… then went to an after party
and are ready to go home. Really? I would like to go home. Wouldn’t you?
-Really? You don’t feel like doing anything?
-No, I’m so like… I don’t know. Diazepam works as a muscle relaxant
and tranquilizer. Here’s a challenging contest: how often
can you go up and down in 30 seconds? Go. You have to go faster. Two.
-My legs are so heavy. Stop.
-It’s heavy. Especially my legs. Four times.
-Well, three. I’m not sad, I’m not happy, I’m not angry. There are people who abuse diazepam. They use it to get a rush
and feel relaxed. There are also people who use it
after using XTC, which are uppers… to fall asleep more easily. It’s hard to talk to me, isn’t it? I just don’t know how to respond.
-That doesn’t matter. Yuck. I just don’t know what to do with you.
You’re so flat. I just get no response.
If you were in pain I’d understand… but you’re just a flat spirit. And you will be like this for a while, because
it will last another 10 hours as it winds down. I wonder how you’ll feel this evening
and how you’ll feel tomorrow. I feel fine, just as I expected. When I came home yesterday
I lay down and fell asleep at once. I slept tightly
for something like 2 1/2 hours. Last night I also slept for 11 hours.
I just woke up. But I didn’t enjoy it at all.
I was so boring. I just sat there. I could only say yes and no.
I had no emotions anymore whatsoever. So it’s not for me.
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