Street Names

Barbiturates: Barbies, Barbs, Downers, Mandrax, Tuinal, Seconal, Amytal.


Tablets of various sizes and colours. Also in dry ampoules

Methods of Ingestion

Swallowed and rarely injected.

Consequences of use

EFFECTS: Tranquility, depressant effects and sleep. Violence and argumentation. Other effects similar to a high intake of alcohol. High risk of overdose due to respiratory depression. Pneumonia due to suppressed cough reflex.

Progress - National Consortium of Consultant Nurses in Dual Diagnosis & Substance Use