are the street names/slang terms for it?
Barbs, Block busters, Christmas trees, Goof balls, Pinks, Red devils, Reds and
blues, Yellow jackets
are prescription sedatives. Barbiturates that are commonly abused include
amobarbital (Amytal), pentobarbital (Nembutal), and secobarbital (Seconal).
does it look like?
Barbiturates come in multi-colored tablets and capsules.
is it used?
These sedatives are used most often to treat unpleasant effects of illicit
stimulants, to reduce anxiety, and to get "high". Short-acting
barbiturates such as pentobarbital and secobarbital are the most frequently
abused barbiturates. They are swallowed or injected. Commonly called
"sleeping pills" or "downers" and often used on the street
in combination with stimulants such as cocaine, amphetamines, and crystal meth/crank.
are its short-term effects?
are its long-term effects?
Slurred speech, shallow breathing, sluggishness, fatigue, disorientation, lack
of coordination, dilated pupils. Barbiturates mimic alcohol inebriation causing
mild euphoria, disinhibition, relief of anxiety and sleepiness. Higher doses
cause impairment of memory, judgment and coordination, irritability, paranoid
and suicidal ideation.
Tolerance develops quickly and larger doses are used, increasing the danger of
an overdose. In an overdose or when taken with other drugs like alcohol, death
is due to depression of the respiratory center in the brain. Withdrawal symptoms
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