(i.e. Rohypnol, Xanax, etc.)

Often referred to as central nervous system depressants, these drugs slow brain function.

They include sedatives and tranquilizers.

Short-term effects

  • Slowed pulse and breathing
  • Confusion
  • Sluggishness
  • Slowed brain function
  • Low blood pressure
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Poor concentration
  • Slurred speech
  • Visual disturbances
  • Lack of coordination
  • Difficulty or inability to urinate
  • Depression
  • Disorientation

Using sedatives (drugs to calm or soothe) and tranquilizers with other substances, particularly alcohol, can slow breathing and heart rate and lead to death.

Long-term effects

Tolerance to many depressants can develop rapidly. Long-term use of depressants can produce:

  • Depression
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Difficulty sleeping

For continual and high-dose users, withdrawal symptoms could include:

  • High body temperature
  • Agitation
  • Delirium
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures
  • Risk of death

Unlike withdrawal from some other drugs, withdrawal from depressants can be life-threatening 
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