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Depressants are an important element in helping people with diagnosed depression or anxiety disorders.  However, when taken for a "high" depressants can cause serious health problems.  Users experience reduced anxiety; a feeling of well-being; lowered inhibitions; slowed pulse and breathing; lowered blood pressure; poor concentration.  Continued and increased use leads to fatigue; confusion; impaired coordination, memory and judgment; addiction; respiratory depression and arrest; death.

There are also symptoms specific to various depressants. 





  Barbiturates Barbs, reds, red birds, phennies, tooies, yellows, yellow jackets Injected, swallowed Depression, unusual excitement, fever, irritability, poor judgment, slurred speech, dizziness, life-threatening withdrawal.
Benzodiazepines candy, downers, sleeping pills, tranks Swallowed, injected Sedation, drowsiness, dizziness
Flunitrazepam Forget-me pill, Mexican Valium, R2, Roche, roofies, roofinol, rope, rophies Swallowed, snorted Visual and gastrointestinal disturbances, urinary retention, memory loss for the time under the drug's effects
GHB G, Georgia home boy, grievous bodily harm, liquid ecstasy Swallowed Drowsiness, nausea/vomiting, headache, loss of consciousness, loss of reflexes, seizures, coma, death
Methaqualone Ludes, mandrex, quad, quay Injected, swallowed Euphoria/depression, poor reflexes, slurred speech, coma

National Institute on Drug Abuse


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