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Transcript of DEPRESSANTS
What do they look like?
Depressants come in many forms. Many depressants are available as pills, powders or liquids.
DEPRESSANTS: LONG-TERM EFFECTS
Long-term use of depressants can produce depression, chronic fatigue, breathing difficulties, sexual problems and sleep problems. As a dependency on the drug increases, cravings, anxiety or panic are common if the user is unable to get more.
What are Depressants?
-are substances which slow down the normal function of the central nervous system. These drugs include barbiturates, benzodiazepines, and alcohol. *Marijuana and some inhalants are also depressants.
Also called as:
Candy, Downers, Forget-Me Pills, Rope, Sleeping Pills, etc.
Definition of Terms:
-fatigue: extreme physical or mental tiredness.
-Barbiturates: class of drugs known as sedative-hypnotics, commonly prescribed for anxiety and insomnia. Commercial names include Amytal, Nembutal, and Phenobarbital.
-Benzodiazepines: commonly prescribed as tranquilizers. Commercial names include Valium and Xanax.
-Flunitrazepam: commercially known as Rohypnol, is a sedative associated with sexual assaults.
How are they used?
Depressants may be swallowed, injected, smoked or snorted. They are commonly used to reduce anxiety, induce sleep and lower inhibitions.
DEPRESSANTS: SHORT-TERM EFFECTS
Slow brain function, Slowed pulse and breathing, Lowered blood pressure, Poor concentration, Confusion, Fatigue, Dizziness, Slurred speech, Fever, Dilated pupils, Disorientation/ lack of coordination, Depression, Difficulty or inability to urinate