3. When barbiturates are taken along with alcohol, effects are
One Secobarbital (seconal) and one beer may have the effect
totally of four or five beers depending on the person. This explains why there
are some accidental deaths when barbiturates are mixed with liquor.
(2) Types of Barbiturates.
(b) Pentobarbital - These are also called Nembutal, "yellow jackets,"
or "Nemmies." They are yellow capsules 30 mg. or 100 mg., or white and yellow
capsules 50 mg.
(c) Secobarbital - One type is called Tuinal, "toodles," or
"rainbows." They are red and blue bullet-shaped capsules. The second type is
called Seconal, "red birds," "red devils," "red bullets," or "Zekes."
are red bullet-shaped capsules.
(d) Phenobarbital - One type, "purple hearts," are heart-shaped,
Another type, Duotrate, are black and green or black and
(e) Sodium Amytal - Termed "blue heavens."
These are light blue
h. Amphetamines - Stimulants (pep pills). Amphetamines are prescribed for
overweight patients to reduce their appetites. They are prescribed in cases of
narcolepsy, a disorder characterized by an overwhelming need for sleep. They
are given for Parkinson's disease. In some cases of minor mental depressions,
stimulants are given because of their mood-elevating effect.
(1) Types of Stimulants:
(a) Amphetamines - These are Benzedrine tablets,
"hearts." They are orange-red, scored, heart-shaped tablets.
- Dexedrine tablets.
These are also called
"dexies" or "hearts." They are orange, scored, heart-shaped tablets.
(c) Methamphetamine (Desoxyephedrine) - This stimulant is referred to
as "meth" or "speed" and is a white powder. (It is classed as a hallucinogenic
(d) Biphetamine - Called "black birds" or "black beauties."
are small black capsules marked "RJS."
(2) Amphetamine types are usually taken orally in the form of tablets or
(3) They may be taken intravenously when the amphetamine is dissolved in
water. That way the effects are felt immediately.