How are CNS Depressants abused?
CNS depressants are usually taken orally, sometimes in combination with other drugs or to counteract the effects of other licit or illicit drugs (e.g., stimulants). How do CNS Depressants Affect the Brain? Most of the CNS depressants have similar actions in the brain—they enhance the actions of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). Neurotransmitters are brain chemicals that facilitate communication between brain cells. GABA works by decreasing brain activity. Although different classes of CNS depressants work in unique ways, it is ultimately their ability to increase GABA activity that produces a drowsy or calming effect. What Adverse Effects Can Be Associated with CNS Depressants? Despite their beneficial effects for people suffering from anxiety or sleep disorders, barbiturates and benzodiazepines can be addictive and should be used only as prescribed. CNS depressants should not be combined with any medication or substance that causes drowsiness, including prescription