What's your poison?
The truth about depressants..
- Depressants are substances that slow down normal function of the central nervous system. They include barbiturates and benzodiazepines. Alcohol and marijuana are also described as depressants. Barbiturates are prescribed as sedatives under the commercial names Amytal, Nembutal and Phenobarbital among others. They are used to treat anxiety, tension and sleep disorders. Benzodiazepines are prescribed as tranquilizers with the brand names Valium and Xanax. They are used to treat anxiety, acute stress and panic attacks. Depressants affect neurotransmitters, which provide communication between brain cells, by decreasing brain activity. This action produces the calming effect and drowsiness that can benefit people suffering from anxiety, stress or other disorders. But these benefits can bring about the potential for abuse and addiction (Shaw, 2015).
Street names: Rohypnol, Roofies, Flunitrazepam, Ruffies, Roches, R-2, Valium
Street names: Amytal, Downers, Nembutal, Phenobarbital, Reds, Red birds, Red devils, Seconal, Tuninal, Yellowjackets
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Prescription Drug Abuse: A Public Health Epidemic