Quaaludes (Drugs: the Straight Facts)

Quaaludes (Drugs: the Straight Facts)

Justin T. Gass

Language: English

Pages: 96

ISBN: 0791085465

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

In the 1960s, methaqualone - sold in the United States as the trademark Quaalude - was widely prescribed as a treatment for insomnia and anxiety. However, it soon became apparent that quaaludes were highly addictive and had a strong potential for recreational abuse. Throughout the 1960s and '70s, quaaludes were extremely popular due to their ability to produce a drunk-like state without a hangover. After years of scientific research revealed the harmful short- and long-term effects of using quaaludes, the drugs were made illegal and pulled from the market in most countries. However, quaaludes continue to be abused in many developing nations. "Quaaludes" covers the history of the drugs, the physical and psychological effects, their impact on the brain, their dangers of use and abuse, the portrayal of quaaludes in the media, and treatments for quaalude addiction. Chapters of this title include: An Overview of Depressant Drugs; What Are Quaaludes?; Past and Present Use of Quaaludes; The Neuroscience of Quaalude Use; The Physical and Psychological Effects of Quaaludes; Quaaludes in the Popular Media; and, Problems Associated with the Use of Quaaludes.

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Harper & Row, 1932. Huxley’s book, written in 1932, paints a picture of a cloned society devoted only to the pursuit of happiness. David J. Triggle, Ph.D. University Professor School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences State University of New York at Buffalo  1 An Overview of Depressant Drugs Mandy was in college. It was Thursday night; Mandy’s weekend had started that afternoon when she and her friends gathered for their weekly night out downtown. They all started drinking as they

to increase the high of a particular drug. One example of this would be cannabis (marijuana) and LSD (acid), which is a psychedelic drug that causes, among other things, visual and auditory hallucinations. It is thought that when these two drugs are combined, cannabis increases the psychedelic effects of LSD. Depressants, such as alcohol and Valium, act together to produce a strong depression of the brain’s activity that is much greater than simply adding the individual effects of each one of

barbiturates, they still have the potential of being abused because they can still produce good feelings just like other abused drugs. Ultimately, this could lead to an addiction to this class of drugs. Other Depressants There are other drugs, also considered depressants, which do not fall into either the barbiturates or benzodiazepines categories. These drugs include alcohol and marijuana, and they have the same effect of slowing down the activity of the brain. Another nonbarbiturate

drug, 61 stimulating effects, 58 tolerance, 30 Amanita fungi, 6 amnesia, 55 amphetamine, 34, 56 amygdale, 52 Amytal, 9, 10. See also barbiturates anabolic steroids, 35 analogues of methaqualone, 45, 46 anesthetic qualities of barbiturates, 10 of cocaine, 34 in counterfeit quaaludes, 41 of methaqualone, 25–26 preoperative, 61 in treatment of arthritis, 46 anthranilic acid, 44 antidepressants, 39 antihistamine, 21, 24, 25 antisocial behaviors, 80 antispasmodic drug, 25 antitussive drug, 25 anxiety

making us feel less inhibited and at the same time more relaxed and friendly. This can indirectly affect sexual desire by making us more likely to do things we would not normally do when sober. Based mainly on physiological findings, however, methaqualone actually reduces one’s ability to perform sexually. It was originally thought that methaqualone was an excellent alternative to barbiturates when used as an anesthetic during surgery. This was probably due to its usefulness as a muscle relaxant

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