Quaalude and Cosby

More than 40 women have come forward, all of whom allege that comedian, Bill Cosby, sexually assaulted them. Although the specific details are still unknown, Cosby, an entertainer who has seen success for more than 50 years, is now infamously known for giving doses of the drug Quaalude to his alleged victims, and then having sex with them.

Cosby has openly admitted to giving the drug, which was popular in the 1970s and early 80s, to women who he wanted to have sex with. Quaalude, the trade-name for the chemical mixture known as methaqualone, was first formulated in India in 1951. It then became popular in Japan and Germany where its painkilling qualities led to widespread addiction and abuse. Quaalude was also prescribed to treat anxiety and insomnia.

The accounts of the women who have accused Cosby corroborate the effects the drug. Users of Quaalude experience an intense high that begins 30 minutes after ingestion and can last up to 6 hours. After ingestion, some users have experienced difficulty walking, exhibiting behavior consistent with that of very high alcohol consumption, including unconsciousness.

The criminal complaint against Cosby will be tried in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.