Benzodiazepines are Prescription Only Medicines under the Medicines Act. This means they can only be legally supplied by a pharmacist in accordance with a doctor’s prescription.
They are also controlled as a class C drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act. The maximum sentence for possessing is 2 years imprisonment. The maximum sentence for supplying to someone else and for production is fourteen years and a fine.
According to Seizures of drugs in England and Wales, financial year ending 2021, 40% of all seizures of Class C drugs involved benzodiazepines.