Downers : Usages & Synthesis of Barbiturates & Tranquilizers
Salt & Pepper Syndicate
Spring Valley, CA: Salt & Pepper Syndicate, 1976. 8vo, saddle-stapled in blue pictorial wraps. 31pp. Oxidation to staples; "$3.00" price sticker to front cover; else fine. Final leaf with a Lawrence, KS address slip mounted over the original Spring Valley distribution address.
A guide containing "complete information of the usages and procedures for the synthesis of Barbiturates (Barbituric acid, Phenobarbital, Seconal, Tuinal) and Tranquilizers (Librium, Thorazine, Valium)." Heavy on chemistry and free of cant and fluff. No. 3 (of 4 total) in a series of drug manufacturing pamphlets published by this mysterious "syndicate," the others entries covering speed, hallucinogens and psychedelic drugs, and cocaine and heroin, respectively. Scarce; OCLC locates only a single institutional holding, at Harvard.