Understanding Xanax, benzodiazepines and other sedating drugs

Duration: 1 Day

Times: 9.30 am - 3.30 pm

DANOS Units: AA1, AB2, HSC335, HSC395, HSC33

Course Overview

This one day course provides a comprehensive overview of current issues relating to the use and abuse of benzodiazepines both prescribed and illicit on the current U.K drug scene. Using the latest medical and social research the course examines the changing patterns of Benzodiazepine and sedative use, physical and mental health issues, as well as informing delegates on recommended options for helping clients who are dependent on any type of sedative/depressant drug including GABA drugs and GHB and GBL.

The course is suitable for all staff who require up to date information and advice on current issues relating to benzo/sedative use and how to work with clients who may be using them.

Learning Objectives

Course materials

Each participant will receive a course information booklet, drugs education resources, a DANOS linked Certificate of Attendance and free subscription to the 'Drugs Now' e-zine.

Course duration

The length of the course is usually 9.30 – 3.30p.m. but for those booking the course for in-house staff training the timings can be adapted to suit your particular needs or requirements.

The course helps delegates develop their knowledge, skills and competence in the following DANOS units: AA1, AB2, HSC335, HSC395, HSC33.

Programme Outline

9.30am - 4.15pm


History of Benzos, Z drugs and newer compounds

Pharmacology of Benzodiazepines

Reasons for Use in Different Population Groups

Understanding Xanax and its risks



Understanding GABApentinoids: Gabapentin and Pregabalin

GHB/GBL: reasons for use and risks

Reducing the Harm – important tips for those using these drugs

Drugs Now