Depressants & Their Effects

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Depressants and Their Effects In today’s world people are becoming more and more dependant on drugs, in particular, depressants. By definition, a depressant is a chemical agent that diminishes the function or activity of a specific part of the body. There are many different types of depressants ranging from sleeping medications to laughing gas, and of course the most common, alcohol. Like all medications, there are the legal and illegal types. Heroin, marijuana, and GHB which is commonly used as a date rape drug, are among the illegal depressants. Ambien and Benadryl are legal depressants when prescribed by a doctor. They are usually prescribed to relieve symptoms of anxiety and insomnia. The effects of taking depressants can slow…show more content…
There are several types of illegal depressants that can be found around the world. One of the most common illegal depressant is cannabis, also known as marijuana, weed, pot, hash, etc. Cannabis can cause a hallucinogenic effect if consumed in large quantities. Opium and drugs derived from it fall into the same category as cannabis but is more addictive which may cause more health problems. Long term use of these substances can lead to problems and complications associated with memory, concentration, and motivation. Heroin, also known as smack, skag, or hammer, is also an illegal depressant. This drug is among other strong pain killer drugs, such as morphine, called analgesics. The long term use of these drugs can lead to heart and lung problems. Other problems include tetanus and damaged veins from injections. The unknown purity of heroin puts users at risk for overdose. Each time a user “shoots up”, they may think that they are injecting the same amount as before, but it may be more potent which can be lethal. Gamma hydroxyl butyrate, commonly known as GHB, a date rape drug is also an illegal depressant. GHB also has street names such as liquid x or liquid ecstasy. It is typically a colorless, odorless liquid with a slightly salty taste. This allows individuals to slip it without notice to another person. Its effects may include nausea, dizziness, drowsiness, agitation, and visual disturbances. It may
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