‘Ludes.’ ‘Disco biscuits.’ ‘Sopors.’ Whatever slang term you use, those born in the 1970’s and later probably have little familiarity with Quaaludes. It is the class of drugs which has recently come back into the news because of comedian Bill Cosby’s rape scandal (he reportedly used them to coerce barely-conscious women into sexual activity). Patented in 1962, quaaludes, also referred as methaqualone, were developed to fight malaria. When doctors discovered their soporific (sleep inducing) effects, quaaludes were subsequently positioned as sleeping pills, before becoming popular in the club scene. The increase in recreational use led the federal government to remove them from the U.S. market in 1982. If you’re looking for ways to improve your sleep or loosen up in social environments, consult with your doctor. They can assist you in finding the safe ways and legal ways to deal these potential anxieties. Do you have any (legal) experience with quaaludes, or other drugs which have been taken off the market? Are there legal drugs which you think should be outlawed? Sound off in the comments.