Substance type — depressants
Depressants slow or 'depress' the function of the central nervous system.
Common examples of depressants include:
- cannabis (including synthetic cannabis)
- benzodiazepines (for example, Diazepam)
- opioids (for example, heroin or codeine)
- inhalants (for example, volatile substance such as ‘nangs’ (nitrous oxide), glue or paints)
Typical effects of intoxication are:
- increased confidence
- disinhibited behaviour
- slurred speech
- balance disturbance
In higher doses, depressants can cause nausea, vomiting, respiratory depression, unconsciousness and death.
Reviewed 28 May 2020