Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
Topic Summary

Sedatives (Canadian Drug Summary)

Summarizes data on the use of sedatives, including information about the effects on youth and older adults, legal status, costs and impact on health care. The summary also includes information about side effects, prescribing trends and motivations for use, and concludes that approximately one-quarter of postsecondary students who reported using sedatives in 2019–2020 reported problematic use. 

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