Spring 2010 tranquilizers ryan bartholomewPresentation Transcript
Tranquilizers Ryan Bartholomew
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Small dose may relieve anxiety and tension (50 mg.) Larger dose (100 mg., 200 mg.) makes people sleep in quiet places but makes people “high”. They become tolerant to the feeling of “highness” but not the lethal actions. What it is used for (Effects)
Can cause euphoria. After a while can cause physical dependence. During first few days of taking prescribed sedative or tranquilizer, one usually feels sleepy and uncoordinated. but as body becomes accustomed to effects, these feelings begin to disappear. Higher doses cause impairment of memory, judgment and coordination, irritability, paranoid and suicidal thoughts The Danger!
How and where it’s made tranquilizing drugs are found naturally in plants. Have been used for centuries to cure such troubles as tremors, insomnia, and heart problems. An example of a natural tranquilizer is valerian. Which is a plant that grows in mild climates. Tranquilizers are made in labs.
Lifetime abuse of Tranquilizers among 12th graders 1997- 7.8% 1998- 8.5% 1999- 9.3% 2000- 8.9% 2001- 9.2% Scope of the Problem
It’s usually used in the form of a pill. Tranquilizer Pills This is what Tranquilizers usually look like.
Cheryl’s Story Cheryl had a stressful job. One day she had an anxiety attack. Her doctor told her to take some Tranquilizers. She eventually started using more and more. She thought they could become addictive. Her doctor said they couldn’t. She persuaded him to take her off the drug anyway. Her anxiety attacks returned and got worse. She went tranquilizer-free for 1 year.
Cheryl’s Story Cont. She had a really big anxiety attack. A chemical imbalance was the cause of the anxiety attacks. The doctor put her back on the Tranquilizers. She was fine for a while until she started feeling depressed. An anti-depressant was prescribed but she didn’t want to become dependent on them so she tried “withdrawing” again. This time she was successful.