Barbiturates are a powerful group of sedative-hypnotic drugs, used primarily to treat insomnia and anxiety. Once popular medications, they are now rarely prescribed as newer and safer drugs, benzodiazepines, have entered the market. The consequences of even a slight overdose of barbiturates can be deadly, as doses are so precise that the optimum dose is not much different than a dose that can cause coma or death. Even though prescriptions of barbiturates have gone down, there is evidence of a growing trend of barbiturate abuse on the street. A central nervous system depressant, barbiturates have the effect of sedation by slowing down all functions of the body, and are often used to counteract the stimulating effects of other street drugs, such as cocaine and methamphetamines. They are part of a drug cocktail that is extremely deadly. There are many types of barbiturates on the market, varying by how long their effects last, but the most commonly abused are:
- Pentobarbital (Nembutal)
- Secobarbital (Seconal)
- Amobarbital (Amytal)
- Butalbital (Fiorinal, Fioricet)
- Phenobarbital (Lunial)
- Methohexital (Brevital)
Barbiturates can give users the feeling of euphoria and contentment, similar to alcohol. Small doses will cause drowsiness and intoxication, while higher doses can cause confusion, slurred speech and staggering. An overdose can cause a coma, and stop respiration all together.
Barbiturates can make existing mental conditions far worse, and long-term use can result in permanent physical and mental damages. Abusing barbiturates often masks underlying issues that need to be dealt with, making withdrawal and recovery incredibly difficult.
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