Prescription Depressant Medications Blog Posts

Learn how depressant prescription drugs (′downers′ ′yellows′ ′zombie pills′) can affect your brain and your body. These medications can cause severe damage.

English Common Street Names
Barbs, Phennies, Reds
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A Dangerous Mix

In this lesson, developed in partnership with Scholastic, students will get an understanding of the unexpected and potential dangerous effects...

Where can I get more information?

NIDA Resources: Commonly Used Prescription Drugs Chart DrugFacts: Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications DrugFacts: Prescription CNS Depressants DrugFacts: High School and...

How many teens use prescription depressants?

Most teens do not misuse prescription depressants, as shown in the chart below.

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Monitoring the Future Study: Trends in Prevalence of Tranquilizers for 8th Graders, 10th Graders, and 12th Graders; 2019 (in percent)*
Drug Time Period 8th Graders 10th Graders 12th Graders
Tranquilizers Lifetime 4.00 5.70 6.10
Past Year 2.40 3.40 3.40
Past Month [1.20] 1.30 1.30

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