Barbiturates will make users feel sleepy and drowsy. They are often used to counteract the high from other drugs, to be able to get to sleep. Conversely, they may also be used to “slow down” someone who has been almost manic and overly energetic from other drugs. In addition, memory loss and new problems with interpersonal relationships ( like communicating, listening, following through on promises, etc.)
Less obvious but still seen symptoms include:
- Poor Judgment
- Varying Levels of Consciousness
- Slurred Speech
- Ineffective Breathing
If you notice that your teenager is exhibiting any of these symptoms, it is time to talk to them and their doctor. It is common for anyone, including teenagers, to deny the consumption of barbiturates.
Fortunately, blood tests will disclose their use up to five days after use. Additional blood tests may show the damage that has been done to their body, so even if it has been more than five days, you may be able to show positive proof of the problem. It is also important to remember, that as with many other medications, regular use can decrease the effectiveness. That means that over time, people who use barbiturates on a regular basis, even if they do not take them very often, are eventually going to require increasingly higher doses to achieve the same effects.
Different symptoms occur when your teen has overdosed, and when they are simply under the influence.
Both are very serious occurrences, but a barbiturate overdose is more likely to result in DEATH.
Some of the symptoms you may see if your child has overdosed include:
- Reduced Body Temperature
- Slower Respiration
- Lower Blood Pressure
It is very important to remember that if your child accidentally overdoses, they will need emergency medical attention right away.
Depending on where you live, that may require that staff at the hospital or doctor’s office may be forced to call the police department on the illegal activity and legal repercussions may occur. However; if your child does not get the medical attention, they could die or face the very real possibility of permanent brain damage. Failure to seek medical care could also be adequate reason to bring charges against anyone who was with your son or daughter at the time of the overdose, or knew about it after, and did not seek medical attention.
The majority of barbiturates are seen as capsules. Although there has been some variation, most of them are are red or white, and contain the actual medication ( powder) inside. In some cases, there have been a few number of people who turn the powder into liquid and inject it into their veins. This reportedly makes the medication much stronger and the body processes it faster, but it also presents with many new risks. If you suspect that your child is using barbiturates, it is very important that you seek treatment for them immediately.
The most common way for someone to initially gain access to this controlled substance is through the illegal use or pilfering of an existing prescription for someone in their family. That means, that it is always a good idea to keep a close eye on the prescriptions of the people in your home.
Remember, it is not always your child who starts using it, but it may be one of their friends who look in your medicine cabinet and takes some.
It’s also not uncommon for people who attend open houses to take medications they find in the medicine cabinet as well, so consider placing your prescription in a secure place that only you have access to.
Drug addiction is a very serious problem, both in the United States and all over the world. If you believe that your child is either experimenting with drugs or is addicted to barbiturates, they need to seek medical care immediately. Even though it is going to be a difficult situation and an awkward discussion, you need to be able to talk to your child open and honestly about this problem.
Following that discussion, you need to seek treatment for your son or daughter. There are many different facilities that specialize in providing drug counseling and treatment to adolescents under the age of 18 or 21 in a supportive, nurturing environment. They will not be able to recover and treat all the aspects of an addiction at home.