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Depressants (Xanax®, Valium®, Rohypnol®)

Depressants Overview
Depressants will put you to sleep, relieve anxiety and muscle spasms, and prevent seizures. Rohypnol and GHB are also used to facilitate sexual assault, and GHB is used by some body builders for its anabolic qualities. Barbiturates are older drugs and include butalbital (Fiorina®), phenobarbital, Pentothal®, Seconal® and Nembutal®. You can rapidly develop dependence on and tolerance to barbiturates, meaning you need more and more of them to feel and function normally. This makes them unsafe, increasing the likelihood of coma or death. For this reason, benzodiazepines were developed to replace barbs, though they still share many of the undesirable side effects. Some examples are Valium®, Xanax®, Halcion®, Ativan®, Klonopin® and Restoril®. Rohypnol® is a benzo that is not manufactured or legally marketed in the United States, but it is used illegally. Ambien® and Sonata® are two sedative-hypnotic medications recently approved for the short-term treatment of insomnia that share many of the properties of benzos. Other CNS depressants include meprobamate, methaqualone (Quaalude®); and the illicit drug GHB.

Street Names:
Barbs, Benzos, Downers, Georgia Home Boy, GHB, Grievous Bodily Harm, Liquid X, Nerve Pills, Phennies, R2, Reds, Roofies, Rophies, Tranks, Yellows

Methods of Abuse
Teens abuse depressants to experience euphoria. Depressants are also used with other drugs to add to the other drugs’ high or to deal with their side effects. Abusers take higher doses than people taking the drugs under a doctor’s supervision for therapeutic purposes. Depressants are also misused to facilitate sexual assault.

Effect on the Mind
Depressants used therapeutically do what they are prescribed for: They put you to sleep, relieve anxiety and muscle spasms and prevent seizures. They also cause amnesia, leaving no memory of events that occur while under the influence. Depressants also reduce your reaction time, impair mental functioning and judgment, and cause confusion. Long-term use of depressants produces psychological dependence and tolerance.

Effect on the Body
Some depressants can relax the muscles. Unwanted physical effects include slurred speech, motor incoordination, weakness, headache, lightheadedness, blurred vision, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, low blood pressure, and slowed breathing. Prolonged use of depressants can lead to physical dependence even at doses recommended for medical treatment. Unlike barbiturates, large doses of benzodiazepines are rarely fatal unless combined with other drugs or alcohol. But unlike the withdrawal syndrome seen with most other drugs of abuse, withdrawal from depressants can be life threatening.

High doses of depressants or use of them with alcohol or other drugs can slow heart rate and breathing enough to cause death.

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