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Brenner Children’s pediatric emergency department has moved back to its original location. Learn more

In order to help protect patients, family members and health care workers from the spread of COVID-19, no visitors are allowed at any of Wake Forest Baptist Health’s outpatient or inpatient facilities, except in certain situations.
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Word! Depressant

Word! Depressant

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Depressant

(En español: Depresivo)

Say: dih-preh-sunt

Depressants are a kind of drug that, when used as prescribed by a doctor, can help relax muscles or calm nerves. Larger or improperly used doses of depressant drugs can cause confusion, lack of coordination, and shaking. Someone who takes them may have slurred speech, inability to concentrate, and may fall asleep at work or school. Very large doses of depressant drugs can stop your breathing and kill you.