Barbiturates

WHAT IS IT?

Barbiturates are a depressant drug used to help sleep, relieve anxiety and muscle spasms, prevent seizures.

Prescribed names: Fiorina®, Pentothal®, Seconal®, or Nembutal®.

STREET NAMES

Barbs, Block Busters, Christmas Trees, Goof Balls, Pinks, Red Devils, Reds & Blues, Yellow Jackets

HOW IT IS TAKEN

Swallowing a pill or injecting a liquid

HOW DOES IT AFFECT THE BODY?

  • Lack of inhibition, relief of anxiety, sleepiness; impairment of memory, judgment and coordination; irritability
  • Paranoia and suicidal thought
  • Tolerance is easily developed, requiring larger doses each time
  • Overdose can occur easily and can be fatal.
    • Signs: Shallow respiration, clammy skin, dilated pupils, weak and rapid pulse, coma

Reference: https://www.justthinktwice.gov/drugs/barbiturates

Heroin

WHAT IS IT?

Heroin is an opiate (narcotic) drug processed from morphine and extracted from certain poppy plants. Heroin comes in a white or brownish powder, or a black sticky substance known as “black tar heroin.” Often “cut” with other drugs or substances such as sugar or powdered milk. User is unaware how much actual heroin is being used, creating likelihood of overdose.

STREET NAMES

Big H, Black Tar, Chiva, Hell Dust, Horse, Negra, Smack, Thunder


HOW IT IS TAKEN

Injected, smoked, or sniffed/snorted. High purity heroin is usually snorted or smoked.

HOW DOES IT AFFECT THE BODY?

  • Highly addictive
  • Initial surge of euphoria or “rush,” followed by a twilight state of sleep and wakefulness
  • Physical symptoms of use include: drowsiness, respiratory depression, constricted pupils, nausea, a warm flushing of the skin, dry mouth, and heavy extremities
  • Overdose symptoms: slow and shallow breathing, blue lips and fingernails, clammy skin, convulsions, coma, and possible death

Reference: https://www.justthinktwice.gov/drugs/heroin

Substance Use Resources

SADD is dedicated to ensuring a healthy, happy, and empowered life, throughout every stage of life. This means not only adhering to the mission of helping our youth turn away from drinking and driving, but also to prevent other destructive decisions through peer-to-peer communication.
We are proud to take a positive stand on important issues that face our teens through youth leadership development. This means helping teens and the adults in their lives to better understand the pressures that they face on a day-to-day basis through a variety of educational and motivational material. Utilize the resources below for optimal health and wellness, throughout all areas of life.

SADD

Follow the link below for a list of resources to learn more about substance use.

https://ma.sadd.org/resources