During the 1950s and 1960s, a plethora of new psychoactive substances were registered to treat conditions such as anxiety and depression, including antipsychotics such as chlorpromazine, antidepressant (imipramine), and a range of sedative-hypnotics such as ethchlorvynol, chlormethiazole, meprobamate, methaqualone, and glutethimide
. All these substances were subject to abuse and caused impairment of driving ability if taken in higher than normal doses.
The medications mentioned prominently in 1976 included among others, Flurazepam, triazolam, chloral hydrate, amylobarbitone, methaqualone, glutethimide
, pentobarbital, methyprylone, secobarbital, tryptophan, meprobamate, and the old standby, diphenhydramine.
Described in Pizdet, his debut novel from 2002, Alexandru Vakulovski's experiences, with travka ('grass') in combination with various other narcotics-tramadol, ephedrine, glutethimide
, prazepam, etc.-have not, it has to be said, found a wider audience.