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Substance misuse: depressants

Substance misuse: depressants

From this module, you will learn about:

  • What a depressant drug is and some common examples
  • The effects that a depressant has, both wanted and undesirable
  • The more commonly used illegal depressant drugs
  • How these drugs are used and the associated risks

Download a printable PDF of this module – including the five-minute test – here.

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A depressant is a drug that works centrally to lower levels of neurotransmitters. This reduces – or depresses – arousal or stimulation in different parts of the brain, which in turn feeds into the body’s physical, emotional and behavioural responses. While it might seem logical that depressants and antidepressants are opposing drug classes, this is technically not true: depressants do not cause what is clinically termed depression. Instead,

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