Dangers of Depressants

What Are Depressants

Some depressants calm nerves and relax muscles. They are bright colored pills or tablets, that are legally used, given only for medical reasons, but you can still use it illegally. Alcohol is also a depressant that people can easily buy.
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How Are Depressants Used

Depressants are usually swallowed or sometimes smoked.
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the begining of addiction

The beginning of an addiction can start in several different ways. Sometimes a person uses a prescription for too long or uses too much of it. Many people start off using depressants in a safe or a legal way. Later after abusing the drug, they lie to the doctor in order to keep getting the pills when they don't need it for illness.

Side Effects (long term)

Long Term
  • death
  • anxiety
  • insomnia
  • agitation
  • hallucination
  • diabetes
  • weight gain
  • depression

Side Effects (short term)

Short term
  • slower pulse and breath
  • low blood pressure
  • hard to concentrate
  • confusion
  • fatigue
  • dizziness
  • fever
  • dilated pupils
  • lack of coordination
  • addiction
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Street Names

  1. downers
  2. goofballs
  3. barbs
  4. blue devils
  5. yellow jackets
  6. ludes


  • alcohol
  • beer
  • wine
  • perscription drugs
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How Can Someone Quit (pills)

Quitting depressants can be very difficult. A person who tries to stop taking the drugs can have breathing problems, and seizures, go into a coma, or even die. This is because your body has already gotten used to the drug. Doctors have to be involved even if they're helping people stop taking the drugs for medical purposes.


Alcoholism is the most severe form of alcohol abuse. It involves a physical dependence on alcohol. It's very hard to quit drinking because your body experiences withdrawal symptoms like

  • shakiness or trembling
  • depression
  • nausea and vomiting
  • sweating

Where can you find help

You can get help from a friend, parent, siblings or a doctor/pharmacist

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