December 2nd, 2008

Fast acting drugs - "How fast?"

Setting: 1960s (68/69), Los Angeles, CA

I've got two men, the younger of which I want to have drugged up by the other, in order to incapacitate him, mentally moreso than physically, though that's not so much the crucial point. The two of them are in a bar, where the older man has bought the two of them beers. He slips some sort of drug into the one beer.

I was at first trying to search for a specific drug, but since the younger man doesn't get taken to a hospital, I've deemed it not so essential. What I am looking for is how fast a fast-acting drug would kick in, when consumed orally. Would the alcohol speed up the effects? Does body-type play a factor? My plan, though changeable, was originally for the drug-drinker to realise he's physically and mentally unwell within five or ten minutes - he's a good enough drinker to realise this isn't just alcohol - and try to leave.

Searched:
Erowid - if there is any way to search by year, I'd love for someone to point it out for me. :)
Google - "pharmaceutical drug(s)" + 1960(s); "street drug(s)" + 1960(s); "recreational drug(s)" + 1960(s)
Tags - medicine: drugs, drugs, recreational drugs


Any help is appreciated, please and thank you!


SOLVED!

My sincerest apologies for taking so long to responding to everyone's comments. The last couple of weeks have been busy. Thank you so much to everyone who helped. It is greatly appreciated. ♥

Imposing a TV and radio blackout.

Setting: Corrupt police state in a modern fantasy world, mostly 70's/80's level technology but some more modern and futuristic stuff as well, no internet, completely state-run media. A small island,  has been placed under blockade. It's about 10 miles by 5,  in an archipelago of other small islands, about 50 miles off the mainland and with the nearest islands 10 -15 miles away.

If you wanted to stop a small island receiving television and radio,  and you're a police state and can do whatever you like, how would you go about it? I'm interested in answers relevant to various different kinds of television technology, as I haven't specified which they're using yet (and, as will become apparent, I know fearfully little about them). Would you be taking down towers/antennae, severing or pulling up cables, setting up... er, something... that blocks signals? Or would it best  just to go house to house and confiscating televisions and radios and be done with it?  I know it's sometimes possible to tune your television or radio to receive the broadcasts of a neighbouring country - and  they'd want to stop that  sort of thing happening, though if possible, they'd rather leave the surrounding islands unaffected, although if you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs, then, well, you can't. They'd rather do this with minimum fuss and effort, though.

They aren't going to care if the locals manage to set up a pirate radio station broadcasting  a bit of music -- they just want to make it as difficult as possible for news from the outside world to get in. Access to and from the island is already strictly limited so they're doing their best to limit news by word of mouth as well.

I've searched "television broadcasting" "broadcasting towers" "relay towers" "television blackout" etc. For the moment I've said they've "taken down the island's relay tower" but I'm not sure about that.

Cellphones in Belgium circa 2004

When: 2004, late summer
Where: Belgium, outside the Ardennes, later Liege

I have a character who's just woken up in 2004 and is staring at a cellphone that a mobster/criminal type had on him when said character was awakened. What maker and model of phone would it be, and what would its screen look like? I would think it was a cheap or throwaway phone for making mobster/criminal-type phone calls, so I figure it's local, maybe prepaid if that's popular in Belgium, etc. My MC last saw the world in 1944, but he's sharp and quick and will figure out a date and a time when he sees one, which is the primary function of the phone in this scene.

Searched: Belgium cellphone, Belgium cell phone, Belgium cellular