Chapter 13.0: Introduction to Sedative Hypnotics

Reading Objectives

After engaging with these reading materials and learning resources, you should be able to:

  • Describe the nature of sedative-hypnotic and CNS depressant drugs and their effects mind, body, behavior and health;
  • Describe how these types of drugs might be used and/or misused;
  • Identify potential effects on developmental outcomes of prenatal exposure to these substances;
  • Explain patterns of use, misuse, and use disorders associated with these substances and the risks when combining them with alcohol;
  • Identify “date rape” and “club” drug related issues;
  • Explain key terms and concepts related to this category of substances.


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