Prescription Sedatives

Prescription Sedatives are central nervous system depressants for relieving anxiety, seizures, and sleep problems. Benzodiazepines, Valium and Xanax are drugs that are abused for their ability to create a state of relaxation, drowsiness, slowed heart rate and reduced anxiety. Mixing sedatives with other drugs and alcohol can cause slowed breathing and decreased heart rate.


  • Slowed brain activity
  • Can cause tiredness/sleepiness
  • Slurred speech
  • Bad concentration
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of coordination
  • Issues with memory

What to do in a depressant overdose

SFSU students misused: 4.4%*

*American College Health Association. American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment II: San Francisco State University Executive Summary Spring 2016. Hanover, MD: American College Health Association; 2016.