Tranquilizers and sedatives include Valium®, Xanax®, Halcion®, Ativan®, Klonopin®, Restoril®, Ambien®, Sonata® and Rohypnol® (this drug is not approved by the FDA and is illegal in the
Street names or what teens might say: Love Drug, Mickeys, Sleeper, Yellow Jackets, Downers, and Roofies.
What is the medical use? Tranquilizers and sedatives are used medically to produce a drowsy or calming effect, sometimes to the point of making someone fall asleep. They are used to treat anxiety, severe stress, panic attacks, insomnia or sleep problems, and seizure disorders.
Why are they abused? Depressants are generally used to feel calm, relaxed, and to feel less anxiety.
Why is abuse risky? One danger of abusing tranquilizers and sedatives is that the unknown withdrawal symptoms may pose a risk for seizures and produce heart irregularities. Combining tranquilizers with some over the counter cold and allergy drugs and/or alcohol can be deadly. Short-term side effects may include dizziness, sedation, drowsiness, fever, loss of motor coordination, fatigue, respiratory depression, sensory alteration, and lowered blood pressure.
Adapted from www.theantidrug.com