Depressants & Their Effects Essay

1011 Words Apr 9th, 2011 5 Pages
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…
In reality, it’s easier, more efficient, and healthier to cope with whatever the problem is without the help of alcohol. Neither taking drugs nor consuming alcohol is positive solutions to cope with problems. In most cases, the continued use of the two will eventually lead to addiction, which creates a much greater risk for the individual than whatever the problem may be. While alcohol is one of the most widely used and abused depressants, prescription drugs also contribute to the problem. As stated before, legal depressants consist of anesthetics, antihistamines, sedative hypnotics, and narcotics. Most of these are only legal when prescribed by a licensed practicing doctor and are commonly used to treat insomnia and anxiety. Individuals often take more than the prescribed amount or pass them off to a friend which then makes them illegal. When someone consumes more than the prescribed amount, it will often lead to a dependency of the drug. Those who find themselves dependent on a drug can be faced with many problems. They may have to complete a rehab or detox program while others require a doctor to prescribe them to a lesser drug to pull them off of the more addictive drug. A common example of this is when heroine addicts are prescribed to morphine, which is still dangerous but less lethal. Drug overdose is caused when one takes a large quantity of a medication

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