Depressants

Resources/contacts


If you or someone you know is having problems with drugs, help is available at:

Alcohol and Drug 24-Hour Helpline
800-562-1240

Crisis Clinic Resource Hotline
360-586-2800

True North-Student Assistance Services
360-339-8108

Providence St. Peter Chemical Dependency Center
800-332-0465

If you want to learn more about drug abuse or find information on particular drugs, the following links can be useful:

Drug dependence/abuse information by WebMD

Drug information and parenting advice

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s family guide to underage drinking

The Partnership at DrugFree.org has information for parents in English and in Spanish, along with a drug guide

 

Ohio State University Medical Center describes substance abuse and chemical dependence in an easy-to-read manner and answers frequent questions.

Depressants can be prescribed by doctors to relieve sleeplessness, depression or anxiety. They slow down the central nervous system and are abused to produce a calm state. They are available as pills, powders or liquids and can be swallowed, injected, smoked or snorted. Depressants are commonly used to reduce anxiety, induce sleep and lower inhibitions.


Commonly used depressants include Valium, seconal, quaaludes and alcohol. Marijuana and some inhalants are also depressants. Barbiturates are depressants commonly prescribed for insomnia or anxiety. Valium and Xanax are prescribed as tranquilizers. Flunitrazepam, commercially known as Rohypnol, is a sedative not sold in the United States that is sometimes brought in from other countries.


Using depressants can result in a slowed pulse and breathing, slurred speech, drowsiness, lowered blood pressure, poor concentration, fatigue, confusion, and impaired coordination, memory and judgment. Prolonged or heavy abuse can result in addiction, impaired sexual function, chronic sleep problems, respiratory depression and respiratory arrest, and death.


Online resources:

Information on depressants from Partnership for a Drug-Free America

Information on prescription sedatives and tranquilizers from Partnership for a Drug-Free America


Click on the drugs listed below to find out more about them:


Alcohol
Barbiturates
Buprenorphine
Cocaine
Codeine
Crack
DXM (cough syrup)
Ecstasy
GHB
Hashish
Heroin
Ketamine
LSD (acid)
Marijuana
Methadone
Methamphetamine (meth)
Mushrooms
Naltrexone
Opium
OxyContin (oxycodone)
PCP (phencyclidine)
Percocet (oxycodone)
Peyote/mescaline
Pseudoephedrine
Quaaludes
Rohypnol (roofies)
Steroids
Stimulants
Tobacco
Tranquilizers
Valium
Vicodin (hydrocodone)