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Tranquilizers and other depressants calm nerves and relax muscles. They are bright-colored capsules or tablets that are legally available through a doctor for medical reasons, but can be illegally abused.
When used as prescribed by a doctor, depressants can calm nerves and relax muscles.
Larger or improperly used doses of depressant drugs can cause confusion, lack of coordination, low blood pressure, and slowed heart rate and breathing. Someone who takes them may have slurred speech and an inability to concentrate, and may fall asleep at work or school. Depressants are addictive and withdrawal symptoms include anxiety, sleeplessness, and seizures.
Depressant drugs are very dangerous if taken with alcohol and some other drugs. Very large doses of depressants can stop breathing and cause death.
Knowing what drugs are out there, what they can do, and how they can affect someone is the first step in raising drug-free kids.
Drugs are chemicals that change the way a person’s body works. Some drugs help you feel better, but drugs also can harm you. Learn more in this article for kids.
Just as you inoculate your kids against illnesses like measles, you can help “immunize” them against drug use by giving them the facts now.
If your child is sick, you’ll probably have many questions to ask your doctor. But have you made a list of questions and concerns to share with your pharmacist?
Amphetamines (including prescription diet pills) are highly addictive stimulants that accelerate functions in the brain and body.
Find out what you can do if you think you or a friend has a drug or alcohol addiction – from recognizing the warning signs to suggestions to help you stay clean.
It’s not hard to find drugs, and sometimes it may seem like everyone’s doing them or wanting you to do them. But there are downsides (and dangers)Â to taking drugs.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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