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National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre. (2021) Benzodiazepines. Sydney: University of New South Wales.

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Benzodiazepines are classified as depressants. They slow down the activity of the central nervous system and the messages travelling between the brain and the body. Other depressants include alcohol, cannabis and heroin. Benzodiazepines, also known as ‘benzos’, are a type of sedative. They have anxiolytic (anxiety-reducing), sedative and muscle relaxant effects (Quick Guide to Drugs and Alcohol, 2017). They are prescribed for a range of problems, including anxiety and insomnia....

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Publication Type
International, Guideline
Drug Type
CNS depressants / Sedatives, Prescription/Over the counter
January 2021
University of New South Wales
Corporate Creators
National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre
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