The Depressing Truth Behind Barbiturates<br />By: Meghan O’Sullivan, Olivia Murray, and Andy Benavides<br />Health 3rd hou...
Classification<br />Ultra-short= used by the medical field for anesthetic purposes<br />Short/intermediate-acting= anesthe...
History <br />First synthesized December 6, 1864<br />Adolf Von Baeyer-German Scientist<br />Composed of a combination of ...
Mental Effects<br />Hallucinations<br />Anxiety<br />Insomnia<br />Increased dreaming<br />Lack of focus<br />Tiredness<br />
Physical Effects<br />Muscle twitches<br />Shaky hands<br />Seizures<br />Dizziness<br />Stomach problems and nausea<br />...
Dependence<br />Users of this drug might become physically and mentally dependant.<br /> When a person using this drug tri...
Statistics<br />Between 1959 and 1974 27,000 people died from barbiturate abuse<br />Since the 1980’s doctor prescriptions...
Treatment<br />Treatment for barbiturate abuse is similar to that of most addictions to drugs.<br />Sometimes, a person ma...
Bibliography<br />http://alcoholism.about.com/od/barbs/a/withdrawal.http<br />http://www.fadaa.org/services/resource_cente...
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  1. 1. The Depressing Truth Behind Barbiturates<br />By: Meghan O’Sullivan, Olivia Murray, and Andy Benavides<br />Health 3rd hour<br />
  2. 2. Classification<br />Ultra-short= used by the medical field for anesthetic purposes<br />Short/intermediate-acting= anesthetic; also cure anxiety or insomnia<br />Long-acting= treat convulsions; sedation during the daytime<br />Central Nervous System Depressants (CNS)<br />
  3. 3. History <br />First synthesized December 6, 1864<br />Adolf Von Baeyer-German Scientist<br />Composed of a combination of urea and malonic acid<br />But, barbiturates didn’t have a use until 19o3.<br />
  4. 4. Mental Effects<br />Hallucinations<br />Anxiety<br />Insomnia<br />Increased dreaming<br />Lack of focus<br />Tiredness<br />
  5. 5. Physical Effects<br />Muscle twitches<br />Shaky hands<br />Seizures<br />Dizziness<br />Stomach problems and nausea<br />Difficulty breathing<br />Loss of reflexes<br />
  6. 6. Dependence<br />Users of this drug might become physically and mentally dependant.<br /> When a person using this drug tries to cut back they experience withdrawal. <br />Withdrawal symptoms can range from minor like anxiety to much more serious symptoms like compulsions or even death.<br />
  7. 7. Statistics<br />Between 1959 and 1974 27,000 people died from barbiturate abuse<br />Since the 1980’s doctor prescriptions for this drug have greatly declined.<br />
  8. 8. Treatment<br />Treatment for barbiturate abuse is similar to that of most addictions to drugs.<br />Sometimes, a person may go through a detoxification process to rid all the toxins from their body.<br />Also, a person who abuses barbiturates may be given medicine to control their addiction and relieve symptoms.<br />Therapist and counselors motivate addicts to stop using and become clean <br />
  9. 9. Bibliography<br />http://alcoholism.about.com/od/barbs/a/withdrawal.http<br />http://www.fadaa.org/services/resource_center/resources/JTF/BARB02.pdf<br /> http://www.pdrhealth.com/disease/disease-mono.aspx?contentFileName=ND2405G.xml&contentName=Barbiturate+Abuse&contentId=268&TypeId=2<br />http://www.erowid.org/chemicals/barbiturates/barbiturates_stats.shtml<br />
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