What is a Barbiturate?
Barbiturates are a group of drugs in the class of drugs known as sedative-hypnotics, which generally describes their sleep-inducing effects.
However, Barbiturates can be extremely dangerous because the correct dose is difficult to predict. Even a slight overdose can cause a coma or death. In addition, Barbiturates are addictive and can cause a life-threatening withdrawal syndrome.
The drug was very popular in the 1960s and 1970s as treatment for anxiety, insomnia, or seizure disorders. They evolved into recreational drugs that some people used to reduce inhibitions, decrease anxiety, and to treat unwanted side effects of illicit drugs. Barbiturate abuse has declined dramatically since the 1970s, mainly because a safer group of sedative-hypnotics called benzodiazepines is being prescribed. However, they can still be found from time to time
Names of Barbiturates
|Medical Name||Street Name|
|Amobarbital||Downers, blue heavens, blue velvet, blue devils|
|Pentobarbital||Nembies, yellow jackets, abbots, Mexican yellows|
|Phenobarbital||Purple hearts, goof balls|
|Secobarbital||Reds, red birds, red devils, lilly, F-40s, pinks, pink ladies, seggy|
|Tuinal||Rainbows, reds and blues, tooies, double trouble, gorilla pills, F-66s|
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