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The depressing truth behind barbiturates
The depressing truth behind barbiturates
The depressing truth behind barbiturates
The depressing truth behind barbiturates
The depressing truth behind barbiturates
The depressing truth behind barbiturates
The depressing truth behind barbiturates
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  • 1. The Depressing Truth Behind Barbiturates<br />By: Meghan O’Sullivan, Olivia Murray, and Andy Benavides<br />Health 3rd hour<br />
  • 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. 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. Mental Effects<br />Hallucinations<br />Anxiety<br />Insomnia<br />Increased dreaming<br />Lack of focus<br />Tiredness<br />
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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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