Bill Cosby Admitted To Giving Woman The Drug Quaaludes: What This Really Means

bill cosbyAccording to the Associated Press (AP) Bill Cosby admitted in 2005 that he got a sedative called quaaludes, with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with, and that he gave the sedative to at least one woman and “other people,” according to documents obtained Monday by The Associated Press.

Quaaludes are a central nervous system (CNS) depressant of the quinazolinone class that acts as a sedative and hypnotic. Also known as methaqualone, quaaludes peak in the bloodstream within several hours, with a half-life of 20–60 hours. Regular users build up a physical tolerance, requiring larger doses for the same effect. Overdose can lead to nervous system shutdown, coma and death.

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Methaqualone became increasingly popular as a recreational drug in the late 1960s and early 1970s, known variously as ‘ludes or sopers (also soapers) in the U.S. and mandrakes and mandies in the UK, Australia and South Africa.
The drug was often used by people who went dancing at glam rock clubs in the early 1970s and at discos in the late 1970s. (One slang term for Quaalude was disco biscuits.) In the mid-1970s there were bars in Manhattan called juice bars that only served non-alcoholic drinks that catered to people who liked to dance on methaqualone.

Cosby settled that lawsuit under confidential terms in 2006.

Cosby, 77, has been accused by more than two dozen women of sexual misconduct, including allegations by many that he drugged and raped them in incidents dating back more than four decades. Cosby has never been criminally charged, and most of the accusations are barred by statutes of limitations.

Cosby, giving sworn testimony in the lawsuit accusing him of sexual assaulting the woman at his home in…