Sounds Like: FEN.oh.BAR.bih.TALL
Controlled Substance Act Schedule: IV
Other names for Phenobarbital
Phenobarbital is a central nervous system depressant drug that is frequently used to treat epilepsy, anxiety, and insomnia.
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Phenobarbital is recommended by the World Health Organization as an antiepileptic medication in developing and developed countries for children. The drug is also used for veterinary purposes. Phenobarbital has also been used for euthanasia or suicide in the past.
Phenobarbital can be taken intravenously, intramuscularly, or orally. It can be used to treat insomnia and drug withdrawal in a pill form. The drug begins working within five minutes when taken through IV, and works within 30 minutes if taken orally. Effects last between four hours and two days.
39 members of the Heaven’s Gate religious group, a cult obsessed with unidentified flying objects, committed mass suicide in March 1997 by drinking a lethal dose of phenobarbital and vodka in hopes they would enter an alien spacecraft.
The Isdal Woman, a notably mysterious cold case in Europe, was found dead in Bergen, Norway, on November 29, 1970. Her death was caused by a combination of burns, phenobarbital, and carbon monoxide poisoning. Her identity has been theorized to be that of a Cold War spy killed in action.
The main character of the 2020 Masterpiece Theatre series All Creatures Great and Small was based on a veterinarian who committed suicide by injecting his veterinary supply of phenobarbital at the age of 84.