Depressants

by bethany

What are depressants?

Depressants are bright coloured tablets that are swallowed. They can be given out legally by doctors to use for medical reasons, but are also legally abused.

Types of depressants

There are several different types of depressants, some examples are barbiturates, benzodiazepines, alcohol, opioids, and cannabis

Short term effects

  • Slow brain function

  • Slow pulse and breathing

  • Low blood pressure

  • Bad concentration

  • Confusion

  • Dizziness

  • Fever

  • Visual disturbances

  • Dilated pupils

  • Bad coordination

  • Depression

  • Difficulty or inability to urinate

Long term effects

  • impaired sexual function

  • sleep problems

  • breathing problems

  • convulsions (similar to seizures)

  • depression and other mental health issues

Sometimes called

  • downers
  • goofballs
  • barbs
  • bluedevils

  • yellowjackets

  • ludes

What depressants do

When they are prescribed by a doctor, depressants can calm nerves or relax your muscles. However larger doses of depressants can cause confusion, bad coordination, low blood pressure, and slow heart rate or breathing. Someone who takes depressants might have slurred speech, an inability to concentrate, or may fall asleep easily.

Why people use depressants

People use depressants as tranquilizers or to help relieve anxiety, stress, tension, or to get better sleep. Depressants can also make you feel calm, relaxed, or droopy.