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Benzodiazepines - Depressants (Xanax®, Valium®, Klonopin®)

Depresssants Overview
Benzodiazepines are depressants that produce sedation, induce sleep, relieve anxiety and muscle spasms, and prevent seizures.

The most common benzodiazepines are the prescription drugs Valium®, Xanax®, Halcion®, Ativan®, and Klonopin®. Tolerance can develop, although at variable rates and to different degrees.

Street Names:
Benzos, Downers

Methods of Abuse

Abuse is frequently associated with adolescents and young adults who take the drug orally or crush it up and snort it to get high. Abuse is particularly high among heroin and cocaine abusers.

Effect on the Mind
Benzodiazepines are associated with amnesia, hostility, irritability, and vivid or disturbing dreams.

Effect on the Body
Benzodiazepines slow down the central nervous system and may cause sleepiness.

Effects of overdose include shallow respiration, clammy skin, dilated pupils, weak and rapid pulse, coma, and possible death.

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