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  • Other barbiturates given around that time were nembutal (yellow cap.) in 100 mg dose & tuinal 100 mg (also 50 mg in both of these) The tuinal was a tri-colored capsule, turquoise blue & orange in color, which was popular & called by some people who loved these drugs "Christmas trees".

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  • On the bedside table beside him was an almost empty brandy bottle, an empty wine, not brandy, glass, and a cylindrical plastic container that had once held fifty capsules of tuinal.

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  • TRADE NAME. A proprietary name for a combination of the two barbiturates quinalbarbitone and amylobarbitone, used as a sedative-hypnotic.

    Usage: "But there were boys in the cafes who'd give you cheap pills/

    If you didn't have the money you'd cajole and you'd beg/There was always lots of Tuinal on the old main drag." --"The Old Main Drag," c. 1985 Shane Macgowan

    February 7, 2007