Knoxville, TN (PressExposure) July 17, 2009 -- Cocaine, heroin, and amphetamines are some of the many illicit drugs commonly used today all over the world. Every society has witnessed the devastation that these drugs have put on Other than these drugs, there are more psychoactive substances currently used today for recreational purposes. One particular drug is popularly known as Quaalude. Quaalude, scientifically known as methaqualone, is a sedative drug that is similar in effect to barbiturates, a general CNS depressant. It was used in the 1960s and 1970s as a hypnotic, for the treatment of insomnia, and as a sedative and muscle relaxant. However, because of its euphoric effects, methaqualone has also been used illegally as a recreational drug, commonly known as Quaaludes or as Mandrax. people.
According to adolescent drug rehab therapists, quaalude (Methaqualone, Sopor) was first synthesised in India in 1951 by Dr. I.K. Kacker and Dr. Syed Hussain Zaheer and was soon introduced to Japanese and European consumers as a safe barbiturate substitute. By 1965 it was the most commonly prescribed sedative in Britain.
In England, it has been sold legally under the names Malsed, Malsedin, and Renoval. In 1965, Methaqualone and an antihistamine combination were sold as the sedative drug Mandrax by Rousell Laboratories. At about the same time (1965) it was starting to become a popular recreational drug named mandies or mandrake. In 1972 it was the sixth best selling sedative on the market in the United States, where it was legally sold by the name of Quaalude, and "luding out" was a popular college pastime.
Smoking methaqualone, either alone or as an adulterant added to various legal and illegal smoking mixtures, gained popularity in the United States during the mid-1970s. When smoked, according to adolescent drug rehab therapists, methaqualone gives the user an immediate trance-like euphoria that quickly wears off. Because the various binders and inert ingredients that were contained in the pill form were toxic when smoked, this practice was roundly decried by the medical community as a serious health risk. Smoking methaqualone pills can lead to emphysema and other chronic lung disorders, most notably talcosis.
According to adolescent drug rehab therapists, a methaqualone overdose can cause delirium, convulsions, hypertonia, hyperreflexia, vomiting, renal insufficiency, coma, and death through cardiac or respiratory arrest. It resembles barbiturate poisoning, but with increased motor difficulties and a lower incidence of cardiac or respiratory depression. Toxicity is treated with diazepam as well as other anticonvulsants.