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Diazepam (Valium)
Legal Status
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U.S. FEDERAL LAW #
Caution :   All legal information should be verified through other sources. [see below]
U.S. FEDERAL LEGAL SUMMARY
Diazepam
REGULATED
Yes
STATUS
Scheduled
SCHEDULE
Schedule IV
CLASSIFICATION
Depressant
Diazepam (Valium) is Schedule IV in the U.S. This means it is illegal to sell without a license and illegal to possess without a valid license or prescription.

INTERNATIONAL LAW #
Australia #
Diazepam is available as a normal prescription drug. (unconfirmed) (thanks SF)
Canada #
Benzodiazepines (including diazepam) are Schedule IV under Canadian law. See http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/C-38.8/page-26.html#h-29. (thanks e) (last updated Jul 30 2012)
Denmark #
Diazepam is available as a prescription drug. (unconfirmed) (thanks J)
France #
Diazepam is Schedule IV in France and available as a prescription drug. As a controlled substance, it is illegal to sell or possess without a license or prescription. (thanks FB) (last updated Feb 1 2013)
Germany #
Diazepam is available as a prescription drug when sold in packages that do not contain more than 250mg, as a solution with less than 10% diazepam, or 10mg per tablet/dose-unit. There are specialized BTMG 'narcotic prescriptions' that can be signed by three doctors and allow for more prescription diazepam. (unconfirmed) (thanks L, OJK) (last updated Jul 1 2013)
Mexico #
We have been told that one can purchase 10 mg tablets of valium over-the-counter in at least some parts of Mexico without ID or a prescription. (unconfirmed) (thanks F)
The Netherlands #
Most benzodiazepeines are available with a prescription in the Netherlands. Preparation, possession, adaption, delivery, providing and transport, of benzodiazepines are prohibited, because they are scheduled on "List II" of the "Opium Law". Possession of small quantities (for personal use) of prohibited substances is typically not prosecuted. Recreational use of benzodiazepines, is, as with any other substance, not prohibited in the Netherlands. Benzodiazepines approved for medical use in the Netherlands: Alprazolam, Bromazepam, Brotizolam, Chloordiazepoxide (in english chlordiazepoxide), Clobazam, Clonazepam, Clorazepinezuur (in english clorazepate), Diazepam, Flunitrazepam, Flurazepam, Loprazolam, Lorazepam, Lormetazepam, Midazolam, Nitrazepam, Oxazepam, Prazepam, Temazepam, as well as Zolpidem and Zopiclone. (thanks K) (last updated Oct 11, 2012)
Romania #
Diazepam is available as a prescription drug. (unconfirmed) (thanks PS)
Serbia #
Diazepam (sold as Bensedin) is available as a prescription drug in 2.5 mg, 5 mg, and 10 mg doses, and in liquid form for IM/IV use. Some pharmacies will sell diazepam to customers without prescription. One visitor writes that 30 5 mg tablets are around 70 dinars ($1 USD) in 2010. (unconfirmed) (thanks O,B) (last updated Apr 26, 2010)
Singapore #
Diazepam is available as a prescription drug. (unconfirmed) (thanks DK)
Sweden #
Diazepam (Valium) is available with prescription in 2 mg, 5 mg, and 10 mg oral tablets, and in 5 and 10 mg rectal preparations. (unconfirmed) (thanks OO) (last updated Jan 7 2010)
Switzerland #
Diazepam (Valium) is available in 2 mg, 5 mg, and 10 mg tablets with a prescription. (unconfirmed) (thanks SAM)
Thailand #
In Jan 2015, one visitor reported that street vendors in Thailand will sell diazepam tablets (10 x 10mg for 350 baht), easy to find in Bangkok. Also, in May 2014, one visitor reports that diazepam could be purchased from pharmacies without prescription. (unconfirmed) (thanks b, p) (last updated Jan 30, 2015)
United Kingdom (UK, Britain, England, Wales, Scotland) #
Diazepam is a prescription-only drug in the UK sold in 2mg, 5mg, and 10mg tablets. (thanks cmw) (last updated Feb 17 2011)
Vietnam #
Multiple visitors report that generic Diazepam can be purchased without prescription over the counter at street pharmacies throughout Vietnam, though many pharmacies will not sell it without prescription. At one pharmacy without prescription, 10 x 5 mg generic tablets were sold in blister packs for 4-8USD with the Roche brand selling for 10 USD. (two confirmations) (thanks pm, ds, MPA) (last updated Feb 26, 2013)
If you have information about the legal status of this substance in any other country, please let us know.

CAUTION & DISCLAIMER #
Erowid legal information is a summary of data gathered from site visitors, government documents, websites, and other resources. We are not lawyers and can not guarantee the accuracy of the information provided here. We do our best to keep this information correct and up-to-date, but laws are complex and constantly changing. Laws may also vary from one jurisdiction to another (county, state, country, etc)...this list is not comprehensive.