Drug Background

Quaalude's were first created in India in the 1950's, and were brought to the U.S. in the 60's and were originally sold as a sedative . In the late 60's people started to use the drug for recreation which quickly lead to abuse. This lead to the drug being placed on schedule 2 in 1973 which means that people could only have the drug with a prescription. Later, in 1984 Quaalude's were moved to a schedule 1 drug meaning no one should be in possession of the drug at all.
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Drug Classification

  • Quaalude's are a schedule 1 drug.
  • They are a depressant.
  • No one is allowed to have them at anytime.

How They Are Used

  • Found in tablet form.
  • They are often ingested orally.
  • They are swallowed like pills.



  • Relaxation
  • Sleepiness
  • Feeling of euphoria
  • Slows pulse
  • Lowers blood pressure

  • Mental confusion
  • Relaxation
  • Feeling of Euphoria

Potential for addiction

Quaaludes are extremely addictive. They are a scchedule 1 drug which means they are illegal and are in the same group as the most addictive drugs.

Treatment Options

Someone who is addicted to quaaludes should go to a private rehab center for help. These center's will help the addict to break their physical and mental dependence on the drug.


In 2003, Quaaludes usually cost anywhere from $4-7 per pill.

Legislation Regarding Quaaludes

In 1984, Congress banned the domestic production of quaaludes, President Regan signed this making it a law in the US.

Prevalence of use

Since the drug was banned in 1984, there have been minimal studies about thier use and the statistics of its use.



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