Barbiturates fall under the depressant category, and are used medicinally to relieve anxiety, irritability, and tension. They have a high potential for abuse and development of tolerance.

Depressants produce a state of intoxication similar to that of alcohol. When combined with alcohol, the effects are increased and risks are multiplied. Drugs that fall under the depressant category include barbiturates drug, methaqualone, tranquilizers, chloral hydrate, and glutethimide.

Barbiturates drugs were once among the most widely used depressants, prescribed by doctors to induce relaxation and sleep. Like other depressants, barbiturates are sold on the illicit market or are legally prescribed to addicts by physicians.

The three most abused barbiturates drugs are Nembutalr, Seconalr, and Amytalr, which are capsules or pills that may be red, blue, yellow, or white. Their street names include downers, barbs, red devils, blue devils, and yellows. They are usually sold in plastic bags or pill bottles. Barbiturates drugs are taken orally and the effects of Barbiturates may last up to six hours.

Physical Effects of Barbiturates

The physical effects of barbiturates include intoxication much like that of alcohol, slurred speech, and disorientation. An overdose can cause dilated pupils, shallow breathing, clammy skin, weak and rapid pulse, coma, and death.

If you have increased your monitoring of your child and you suspect that he or she may be using drugs or alcohol, it's time to have a conversation about substance abuse. In a caring, gentle way, let your child know that in your family you have a policy of no drug use. And know that you should have this conversation not just once in your child's life, but often. If you continue to spot the signs and symptoms of drug use, you may want to take your child to the doctor and ask him/her to screen for the use of illicit substances. This may involve a urine or saliva drug screen. It is also possible to screen your children in the privacy of your home with home urine drug testing kits, saliva drug testing kits and hair drug testing kits.

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