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"We need to talk to young people about drugs and make sure they understand that drugs are dangerous, addictive substances."

John P. Walters

depressants

Depressants are commonly used drugs worldwide. Some examples of depressants are alcohol, pot, bath salts, and prescription drugs. Depressants prescriptions are to relieve anxiety, irritability, and tension; some may also be used to sedate or induce sleep. Depressants work by affecting the part of the brain that controls a person’s body functions like breathing and heartbeat. Depressants affect each person differently; response times to depressants can range from immediate to several hours if taken in large doses. Very large doses of depressant drugs can stop your breathing and kill you.

Short term effects

• Calm, relaxation
• Lack of facial expression or animation.
• Skin may feel cold and clammy
• Altered senses, reduced anxiety,
• Behaviour similar to alcohol intoxication
• Staggering, stumbling, lack of coordination, slurred speech
• Falling asleep (nodding), difficulty concentrating
• Dilated pupils
• Decreases body temperature and heart rate
• Nausea, Increased perspiration
• Depressants taken in combination with each other or with alcohol, have the potential to cause serious impairment or death.
Chronic / long term effect
• Physical dependence
• Loss of coordination in motor skills, slurred speech
• Impaired judgment
• Hallucinations, paranoia
• Impaired memory
• Psychotic episodes
• Altered eyesight
• Chronic fatigue
• Decreased libido
• Irregular menstrual cycle
• Respiratory depression
• Convulsions

Chronic / long term effect

• Physical dependence
• Loss of coordination in motor skills, slurred speech
• Impaired judgment
• Hallucinations, paranoia
• Impaired memory
• Psychotic episodes
• Altered eyesight
• Chronic fatigue
• Decreased libido
• Irregular menstrual cycle
• Respiratory depression
• Convulsions