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Q - Could
you please tell me if it is legal to order valium from
a German company on the Web and have it delivered to
my home in Scotland? It is for my own use.
A - Valium
is a class C controlled drug. As a medicinal preparation,
it is illegal to possess unless prescribed (although
possession penalties are low), and supply charges could
mean imprisonment. If imported via the internet or otherwise,
the drug would be subject to seizure. Importation is
considered a trafficking offence, even for own use,
although court action might not ensue, provided the
quantity was modest. There is really very little case
law on the subject of which I am aware, so the outcome
would be uncertain. Benzodiazepine drugs, like valium,
can affect reaction time and judgement, leading to significant
impairment of driving or operating machinery. The effects
of benzodiazepines on driving are second only to alcohol
in severity, and it is illegal to drive whilst 'unfit
through drink or drugs'.