Sedating chemical chloroform
At higher doses it may result in slurred speech, staggering gait, poor judgment, and slow, uncertain reflexes.
Doses of sedatives such as benzodiazepines, when used as a hypnotic to induce sleep, tend to be higher than amounts used to relieve anxiety, whereas only low doses are needed to provide a peaceful effect.
Sigmund Freud extolled the virtues of cocaine for its supposed ability to treat depression and impotence, while Coca-Cola’s initial popularity may have been due in part to it having the drug among its ingredients.
Many medicinal beverages and tonics began to contain cocaine – long-term users of which may suffer seriously disrupted eating and sleeping patterns, psychotic delusions and hallucinations, not to mention severe depression upon withdrawal.
Some sedatives can cause psychological and physical dependence when taken regularly over a period of time, even at therapeutic doses.
Dependent users may get withdrawal symptoms ranging from restlessness and insomnia to convulsions and death.
Small amounts of chloroform can induce lethargy and disorientation.
Increased exposure leads to unconsciousness and an inability to feel pain.
There are reports of thieves spraying sleeping gases on campers, so some people believe sleeping gas is dangerous to health.In a Mennonite community in Bolivia, eight men were convicted of raping 130 women in Manitoba Colony over a four-year period from 2005 to 2009, by spraying "a chemical used to anesthetize cows" through the victims' open bedroom windows.The perpetrators would then wait for the women to be incapacitated, whereupon they entered the residences to commit the crimes.Eventually chloroform was replaced with ether a similar agent used as an anesthetic. Prolonged exposure can cause difficulty breathing, then paralysis, followed by death.From the moment of unconsciousness, there is a generally a 10–15 minute window where a patient is asleep.