Desired Effects:Relaxation, euphoria, sleepiness and a feeling of being slowed down. Users may use these drugs to help comedown from other substances like stimulants.
Side Effects:Breathing & heart rate slow down, depressed respiratory function, high potential for abuse, dependence and tolerance. Depressed mental activity and alertness, memory loss, loss of co-ordination, amnesia, paranoid behaviour and aggression. They can leave a metallic taste in the mouth.
Long term risks:Dependence, risk of coma and death. Research has shown that, even at prescribed doses, prolonged use of zopiclone may cause cancer that may affect the brain, lung, bowel, breast and bladder. Zopiclone can also have an adverse effect on the immune system increasing the risk of infections and colds, and is not recommended for people with liver or kidney disease, or women who are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Short term risks:Overdose - this risk is increased if used with alcohol, opiates or other sedative / depressant substances, risk of coma and death. Zopiclone may interact with a number of other medicines.
Some users may crush the tablets to inject but this is rare due to this method being very messy and dangerous. These medicines do not dissolve and if attempted to be injected is likely to cause damage to the veins, resulting in abscesses, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), aneurysm, ulcers and varicose veins.
Parents & other relatives
Drug agencies also provide lots of advice and support to parents of people using these drugs. Many street agencies can provide relative support groups or counselling for family members, partners etc...