Signs and Symptoms of Use

The effects of depressants are in many ways similar to the effects of alcohol. Small amounts can produce calmness and relaxed muscles, but somewhat larger doses can cause:

  • Slurred speech
  • Staggered walk
  • Altered perception
  • Respiratory depression
  • Coma and death

The combination of depressants and alcohol can multiply the effects of the drugs, thereby multiplying the risks.

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