Prescription drugs are intended to cure health ailments and are available in drug stores only when the prescription is provided. But many people get these drugs in a wrong manner and use for wrong purpose. Using a drug for wrong and unhealthy purposes is called as drug abuse. There are many types of prescription drugs like depressants, anesthetics, stimulants and other compounds. Here we will discuss only about the depressants, their intoxication effects and their health consequences.
Barbiturates: The intoxication effects of these drugs include educed pain and anxiety; feeling of well being; lowered inhibitions; slowed pulse and breathing; lowered blood pressure and poor concentration. Its potential health consequences are confusion, fatigue; impaired coordination, memory, judgment; respiratory depression and arrest and addiction.
Benzodiazepines (other than flunitrazepam): These drugs are used to get feeling of sedation, drowsiness. The harmful impacts of these drugs include depression, unusual excitement, fever, irritability, poor judgment, slurred speech and dizziness.
Flunitrazepam: This drug is associated with sexual assaults. It is not available even with prescription in US. The harmful effects of this drug cause visual and gastrointestinal disturbances, urinary retention and memory loss for the time under the drug’s effects.