Depressants (also known as downers) affect individuals by reducing the activity of the brain. They do this by inducing sedation, muscle relaxation, and drowsiness. They are often prescribed for those who are overwhelmed with the myriad of Stressors associated with everyday life and who therefore need help to reduce anxiety reactions. Depressants are also commonly prescribed to help treat people with insomnia, pain, and seizure disorders. Barbiturates, benzodiazepines, and alcohol make up some of the common central nervous system (CNS) depressants available today. The most common depressant, alcohol, is widely abused throughout the world, and its abuse can lead to disease, addiction, overdose, and death. Unfortunately, depressants are widely prescribed throughout the United States, and many of these drugs are sold illicitly on the ...

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