Famous Barbiturate Addicts
Producing effects similar to alcohol intoxication, barbiturates
depress the central nervous system, and are often used for hypnotics,
anti-convulsions, and sedation. Despite having the possible to
create analgesic effects, barbiturates aren't commonly used for
surgery because the effects generated can be fairly weak.
Barbiturates can be extremely addictive, and recreational use
has become common. A high from the drug can produce a feeling
of euphoria, and both physical and psychological dependence occurs
with prolonged use. An overdose of the drug can be fatal, as veterinarians
use large doses of pentobarbital, a variety of the drug, to euthanize
Many celebrities have experimented with the drug an oftentimes
it has led to less than positive circumstances including death
by overdose. The following celebrities were known barbiturate
addicts, and their love of the drug eventually led to their demise.
Marilyn Monroe was infamous for her relationships with powerful
men, and she became an international sex symbol. She died on August
5, 1962 as a result of a barbiturate overdose. It was considered
a suicide, however many conspiracies abound. Some think her death
was premeditated as a way to silence an affair with President
America's beloved actress, Judy Garland, was best known for her
portrayal of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. Garland was consistently
undergoing treatment for alcoholism, and had a history of mental
illness. She died on June 22, 1969 from an overdose of sleeping
pills, a form of barbiturates. She was forty seven years old at
her death, and authorities believe her death was not intentional,
as the drugs had been taken at different intervals through the
A friend of the famous author, H.P. Lovecraft, Barlow was an
author and professor of anthropology. After moving to Mexico to
teach, he was blackmailed by a student who threatened to expose
his homosexuality. Barlow overdosed on barbiturates, telling the
world through hieroglyphics that he had chosen to sleep a long
Often portraying the love interest in films, alongside of actor
James Stewart, Margaret Sullavan was a successful actress. Unfortunately,
she was found dead at the age of 50 from an overdose of barbiturates.
The script of her next film was alongside her dead body, so it
is presumed her death wasn't intentional.
Andy Warhol's muse had struggled with addiction most of her life
until she met her husband in a psychiatric ward. She managed to
stay sober until an injury required her to take pain medicine.
She overdosed on barbiturates at her home on the evening of November
Wilson, of the blues band Canned Heat, was the voice behind the
unofficial Woodstock theme song, "Going Up the Country".
Unfortunately, Wilson's Woodstock success was too much, and after
a failed suicide attempt, where he tried to drive his car off
a bridge, Wilson succeeded in late 1970. He died in his caper
of a barbiturate overdose.