All you need to know about barbiturates and who used it to commit suicide.
People who are known to have died by suicide from barbiturate overdose include, Gillian Bennett, Charles Boyer, Ryan Lingyu, Victor Folke Nelson, Dalida, Janine “The singing Nun” Deckers, Felix Hausdorff, Abbie Hoffman (header pic),
Phyllis Hyman, C.P.Ramanujam, George Sanders, Carole Landis, Jean Seberg,
Lupe Velez and 39 members of the Heaven’s Gate cult. Edie Sedgwick,
Aimee Semple McPherson , Kenneth Williams, Margaret Sullavan, R. H. Barlow, Alan Wilson (of Canned Heat), Marilyn Monroe,
Pier Angeli, Brian Epstein (manager of the Beatles), Judy Garland, Jimi Hendrix, Inger Stevens, Dinah Washington, Ellen Wilkinson and Alan Wilson.
Maurice Chevalier attempted suicide in March 1971 by swallowing a large amount of barbiturates and slitting his wrists. He survived.
Some of the most common barbiturates are as follows:
- Amobarbital. This can treat insomnia, but it’s only effective in the short term. It can also help with certain neurological (brain function) tests.
- Butalbital. This medication is part of many combination medications, including aspirin, acetaminophen, caffeine and codeine. Depending on the combination, it can treat migraines and tension headaches.
- Methohexital. This medication is useful for anesthesia in short diagnostic and treatment procedures. It’s very helpful in procedures like electroconvulsive therapy.
- Pentobarbital. This medication is useful for pre-anesthesia. It can also stop seizures as they’re happening.
- Phenobarbital. This medication is also useful for preventing seizures or stopping them when they’re happening.
- Primidone. This medication prevents convulsions, making it useful for preventing seizures.
- Secobarbital. This medication treats insomnia, but this is less common, and many healthcare providers avoid prescribing it.
Barbiturates are depressants that produce a wide spectrum of central nervous system depression from mild sedation to coma. They also have been used as sedatives, hypnotics, anesthetics, and anticonvulsants.
Barbiturates are classified as: Ultrashort, Short, Intermediate, Long-acting.
Common street names include: Barbs, Block Busters, Christmas Trees, Goof Balls, Pinks, Red Devils, Reds & Blues, and Yellow Jackets.
Barbiturates are abused by swallowing a pill or injecting a liquid form. Barbiturates are generally abused to reduce anxiety, decrease inhibitions, and treat unwanted effects of illicit drugs. Barbiturates can be extremely dangerous because overdoses can occur easily and lead to death.
Barbiturates cause: Mild euphoria, lack of restraint, relief of anxiety, and sleepiness.
Higher doses cause impairment of memory, judgment, and coordination; irritability; and paranoid and suicidal ideation. Tolerance develops quickly and larger doses are then needed to produce the same effect, increasing the danger of an overdose.
Barbiturates slow down the central nervous system and cause sleepiness.
Fitting what we know about Charles Webb into all that isn’t too hard.