Youth Stimulants and Depressants Resources
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Stimulants are drugs that increase your heart rate, breathing rate, and brain function. Some stimulants affect only a specific organ, such as the heart, lungs, brain, or nervous system.
Depressant substances reduce arousal and stimulation. They do not necessarily make a person feel depressed. They affect the central nervous system, slowing down the messages between the brain and the body. Source: Alcohol & Drug Foundation
Check out the Drug Wheel To Understand Substances & Their Effects
The Drug Wheel classifies drugs as part of seven general categories: Stimulants, Depressants, Cannabinoids, Psychedelics, Opioids, Dissociatives and Empathogens. Find out about the effects of drugs and more information about specific drugs.