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Barbiturates - Sedatives

Depressant drugs known as barbiturates, rohypno, roofies, ruffies, GHB, tranquilizers and other names are particularly dangerous when used with alcohol.

Why Is Sedative Misuse Dangerous?
Why is sedative misuse dangerous? Answers to frequently asked questions about alcohol and substance abuse.

Photos of Sedatives and Depressants
Photographs from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency of sedatives and depressants which can be abused and can become addictive.

Barbiturates Are Highly Addictive
All sedatives, including barbiturates, can cause physical and psychological dependence even when they are taken at prescribed, therapeutic doses over a period of time.

The Danger of Sedative Overdose
Overdoses of sedatives -- barbiturates and benzodiazepines -- are either deliberate or accidental. Accidental overdose usually occurs when sedatives are mixed with either alcohol or opiates.

Profile: commercial and street names, intoxication effects and potential health consequences of using Barbiturates.

Barbiturates: Show Stoppers
Because barbiturates are all variations on the same basic chemical theme, they all slow the flow of neural transmission throughout the central nervous system.

Downers: A New Look at Depressant Drugs
Downer drugs consistently rank among the most widely used and abused drugs in the United States and Canada -- and, for that matter, most of the rest of the world.

Increased Usage
Barbiturate use by adolescents has increased gradually in the past several years, but few adolescents use this class of drugs regularly.

Common Street Names for Depressants
Common slang terms for depressants, barbiturates and benzodiazepines.

Xanax Abuse Increase Seen in E.R. Visits
Non-medical use of the popular sedative Xanax has increased significantly as indicated by the number of E.R. visits the drug has prompted.

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