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Alcohol and Other Drugs — Students

Substance type — depressants

Depressants slow or 'depress' the function of the central nervous system.

Common examples of depressants include:

  • alcohol
  • 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:

  • relaxation
  • increased confidence
  • disinhibited behaviour
  • slurred speech
  • balance disturbance
  • euphoria

In higher doses, depressants can cause nausea, vomiting, respiratory depression, unconsciousness and death.

Guidance chapter containing information for schools about depressants

Reviewed 28 May 2020

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