Depressants

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Yamini Durani, MD

 

Depressants, such as tranquilizers and barbiturates, calm nerves and relax muscles. Many are legally available by prescription (such as Valium and Xanax) and are bright-colored capsules or tablets.

Street Names: downers, goof balls, barbs, ludes

How They're Used: Depressants are swallowed.

Effects & Dangers:

  • When used as prescribed by a doctor and taken at the correct dosage, depressants can help people feel calm and reduce angry feelings.
  • Larger doses can cause confusion, slurred speech, lack of coordination, and tremors.
  • Very large doses can cause a person to stop breathing and result in death.
  • Depressants and alcohol should never be mixed — this combination greatly increases the risk of overdose and death.

Addictiveness: Depressants can cause both psychological and physical dependence.


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