Substance Abuse: Medical and Slang Terminology

Humera Hamid, BA; Rif S. El-Mallakh, MD; Keith Vandeveir, CADC

Disclosures

South Med J. 2005;98(3):350-362. 

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Barbiturates

Slang terms

Amytal (amobarbial), barbs, bluebirds, blues, butisol (butabarbital), downers, goofballs, luminal (phenobarbital), ‘ludes, 714s (methaqualone), seconal (secobarbital), nembutal (pentobarbital), tooties, yellow jackets

Active ingredient

Phenobarbital, pentobarbital, secobarbital, amobarbital

Source

Synthetic

Pharmacological classification

Sedative hypnotic

Medical use

Sedation, epilepsy

Abuse form

Tablets, capsules, liquid solution

Usage method

Taken orally, injected, or inserted as rectal suppository

Combinations

Amobarbital or secobarbital with butalbital, and caffeine 3 "tuinal"; with weak street heroin and methamphetamine 3 "fiorinal".

Effects sought

Anxiety reduction, euphoria.

Adverse effects

Severe withdrawal symptoms, possible convulsions, toxic psychosis

Detectable in urine

Yes

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