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DEPRESSANTS

Dr. Steve Frisch, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in
Chicago, Illinois and Northfield, Illinois.

You can contact Dr. Frisch, Psy.D. at drfrisch@aliveandwellnews.com  or at
(847) 604-3290.

Recover from chemical dependency as well as its toxic impact on family members. Raise your children to choose to be alcohol and other drugs free. Learn how to in Dr. Frisch’s, Psy.D. Recovery book series.


Facts About…
Depressants

Type

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How is it used?

Barbiturates
(Amobarbital)Amytal, Seconal, Phenobarbital, Butisol, Tuinal

Yellows, Barbs, Reds, Tooies, Red Birds, Phennies, Yellow Jackets

Colorless, White crystalline powder, Tablets

Oral, Injected

Methaqualone
Sopor, Parest, Quaalude, Mecquin

Quay, Quad, Lude, Mandrex

White, crystalline powder, Tablets

Oral, Injected

Benzodiazepines
Alivan, Azene, Clonopin, Dalmane, Diazepam, Librium, Halcion, Serax, Tranxene, Valium, Xanax

Downers, Sleeping Pills, Candy

Ranges in color/liquid or solid

Oral, Injected

Beverage Alcohol
(Ethanol, Whiskey, Wine, Beer, Ale, Vodka, Distilled Spirits, Liquor, Brandy)

Booze, Hooch, Brew

Ranges in color/liquid

Oral

Other Depresants
(Eqanil, Miltown, Noludar, Placidyl, Valmid, Chloral Hydrate)

Tranquilizers, Muscle Relaxants, Sleeping Pills, (Mickey Finn, Knock-Out Drops)

Ranges in color/solid or powder

Oral, Injected, Smoked, Snorted

The effects of depressants are in many ways similar to the effects of alcohol. Small amounts can produce calmness and relaxed muscles, but larger doses can cause slurred speech, staggering gait, and altered perception. Very large doses can cause respiratory depression, coma, and death. The combination of depressants and alcohol can multiply the effects of the drugs, increasing the risks.

Regular use of depressants over time can result in physical and psychological addiction. People who suddenly stop taking large doses can experience withdrawal symptoms, including anxiety, insomnia, tremors, delirium, convulsions, and possible death.

G.B.U.

Steve


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