Drug Research Paper

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Alana Holly Health
12\23\04 Period 2

Drug Research Paper

Methaqualone, is also referred to as Disco Biscuits, Down And Dirties, Jekyll-and-Hyde, Joe Fridays, Lemmon 714, Lemons, Lennon's, Lovers, Ludes, Mandies, Mandrake, Q, Qua, Quack, Quad, Quaaludes, Soaper, Supper, Vitamin Q, The Love Drug, Wallbangers, Whore Pills, and Sopor. This list of street names for the drug goes on and on.
Methaqualones were first introduced in India in 1955. This drug was then sent to Europe and Japan as a safe barbiturate substitute. By 1965 it had become the most commonly prescribed sedative in England. It was also at this time that it was gaining popularity as a street drug, under the names Mandies or
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Other long term effects include reduced heart rate, reduced respiration and reduced muscle coordination.
There are some side effects for taking Methaqualone. They mostly occur when the user takes high doses of the drug. They include things such as depression, irrational behavior, poor reflexes and slurred speech. If a person overdoses on Methaqualone, they may experience problems such as Delirium, coma, restlessness, hyperreflexia, hypertonia, myoclonus, convulsions, tachycardia, cardiac and hepatic damage, and bleeding, vomiting, and renal insufficiency. If you take this drug during your pregnancy you could have your baby early, or your child could have severe birth defects such as organ deformities as well as physical deformities. Also when your baby is born it is now addicted to Methaqualone and must go through the detoxification process.
Methaqualone is a very dangerous drug. When the drug is combined with alcohol, the combination can be lethal. This does not stop people however. It is most common to mix this drug with alcohol, when this happens it's known as luding. As with any drug, after awhile you can develop a very high tolerance for it. Methaqualone is dangerous for the user, especially if it is used daily. The user will continually try to get the same effects as the first time they did the drug. By doing this they must take higher and higher doses to reach it. This can lead to the user becoming addicted to the drug.

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