05 December | 0 Comments | By Rachael
Sedative and party drug of the 1970s, Quaalude was popularly known as ‘disco biscuits’ that helps users in overcoming their sexual inhibitions. Despite being used for treating insomnia and anxiety, massive abuse of this drug due to the above factor turned it into a nightlife rage. Due to its notoriety and repercussions, it was banned and classified as a Schedule I drug in the United States in 1984.
Once a hugely popular drug, it remained quite low and shoved to the background due to the above stringent measures. With the recent revelations that the American comedian Bill Cosby used Quaaludes to allegedly rape women, it has once again become a raging topic of discussion. The millennials and generation X— unaware of the consequences of Quaaludes until now—are now confronting a life-threatening menace.
A few facts about Quaaludes are mentioned below:
- Quaalude is a brand: Quaalude is the brand name for the sedative methaqualone. The drug came to limelight when it surfaced in the early 1960s as a substitute for barbiturate. In spite of being a synthetic barbiturate that affects the central nervous system (CNS), Quaalude was believed to be a safe substitute for barbiturates.
- Not made in America: Originally synthesized in the 1950s in India, it took almost a decade to move to America. Although the drug was originally developed as a sleep and relaxation sedative, it took only a few years to establish itself as a recreational drug among teenagers and youngsters.
- Most prescribed sedative in America: In 1972, Quaaludes originated as one of the popularly used sedatives in the U.S., despite the stringent control over their use and prescription across both the U.S. and Britain.
- Becomes more dangerous when used in combination with alcohol: One of the popular usages of Quaalude includes the practice of ‘Luding out’ common among the youngsters of the 1970s. This activity involved the wide consumption of the drug methaqualone with wine.
- Turns lethal even on the prescribed doses: Methaqualone, commonly prescribed at 300 mg, could prove to be dangerous for the first-time users—depending on an individual’s tolerance level. As a result, some people are capable of consuming a daily dose of up to 20,000 mg in a single day and some may succumb to the consequences of even a moderate dose of 8,000 mg. Such a lack of uniformity is associated with the risk of potential dangers. When used in combination with alcohol, there is an increased risk of death even at lower doses.
- Wrecks sex life: Besides dizziness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sweating, seizures, tingling in the arms and legs, reduced heart rate and respiration, etc., other side effects of Quaalude include sexual dysfunction or erectile dysfunction. At higher doses, it can lead to confusion and loss of muscle control.
- Takes a toll on one’s life: Quaalude is an addictive drug known for causing serious issues like overdoses, suicides, injuries, car accidents, etc. Moreover, the excessive use of Quaalude can exacerbate respiratory arrest and delirium tremens, as well as damage the kidney and liver. It can also lead to coma and death.
- Insanely popular: Quaaludes to be used for recreational purposes were supplied along with the legitimately manufactured pills and then diverted combined with counterfeit drugs developed in South America and labs in the U.S to the drug market. In the 1980s, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) estimated that nearly 90 percent of the production of Quaaludes went directly to the illegal drug trade.
- Almost inaccessible: In the light of the troubles caused by Quaaludes, the DEA took immediate and strict action to eliminate the drug from the streets. In 1984, the DEA succeeded in convincing governments and countries to shut down the trading of methaqualone powder.
Shun drugs for a better and healthy life
Any kind of addictive and toxic substances can inflict severe damages to one’s physical and mental health. Hence, it is important to understand the potency and side effects of substances like Quaalude before consuming. It is essential to undergo detoxification, which is the first step to recovery. It eliminates stored toxic substances and provides access to further treatment measures.
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