A barbiturate is a psychoactive substance belonging to a class of drugs used for sedation to treat anxiety and insomnia.
Barbiturates are a highly addictive drug and extremely dangerous due to the potential for an overdose to cause a coma or even death. Addiction to barbiturates was on the decline as drugs of the benzodiazepine class have largely replaced them in the medical profession. However there has been an increase in the abuse of barbiturates in teenagers in recent years and the risks are great. The increased use of barbiturates can lead to physical dependence, at which point the addicted individual’s body becomes dependent upon the drug to function. When deprived of the drug, a person will undergo barbiturate withdrawals which can be fatal. Individuals experiencing barbiturate withdrawals will require a medically supervised detoxification facility to get over the life-threatening symptoms of withdrawals.