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What Are Depressants?


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Depressants are a kind of drug that, when used exactly as prescribed by a doctor, can help relax muscles or calm nerves. Larger or improperly used doses of depressant drugs can cause confusion, lack of coordination, shaking, slurred speech, trouble concentrating, and sleepiness. Very large doses of depressant drugs can stop someone from breathing and the person could even die.