When the term “club drugs” is being used, it is in reference to a large variety of dangerous drugs that are often being used by young adults at clubs, bars and at “raves” or all night dance parties. Drugs under this category include:
MDMA also known as Ecstasy XTC, X, E, Adam, Molly, Hug Beans, and Love Drug
- A synthetic, psychoactive drug that is very similar to the stimulant amphetamine and the hallucinogen mescaline. MDMA gives users increased energy, euphoria, emotional warmth and empathy toward others.
- Chances of dehydration, hyper tension, heart and kidney failure are possible along with increased body temperature, which can lead to death.
- A central nervous system depressant that is usually taken in liquid, powder, tablet, or capsule forms. Have sedative and euphoric effects.
- Causes heart rate and breathing to slow to dangerous levels causing overdose to occur quickly.
- An injectable anesthetic that is used primarily by veterinarians. Ketamine is seen in liquid form or as a white powder. Ketamine is snorted or smoked, and is sometimes mixed with marijuana.
- Rohypnol is a tasteless and odorless sedative that is often seen as a date-rape drug. It is easily dissolved in carbonated beverages and its effects are made toxic when mixed with alcohol.
- A stimulant which can be seen in pill, capsule, or powder form. This is most often snorted, injected, or smoked.
- LSD causes distortions or hallucinations and change in perception. LSD is usually taken orally either in tablet or capsule form.
GHB also known as G, Liquid Ecstasy, and Soap
- Ketamine also known as Special K, K, Vitamin K, and Jet
- Ketamine causes hallucinations similar to PCP. Users of PCP have impaired attention, learning, and memory function. Chronic users, or those who use large quantities may experience, amnesia, impaired motor function, high blood pressure, and depression.
- Rohypnol also known as Roofies
- Rohypnol can cause anterograde amnesia which makes it so popular as a date-rape drug.
- Rohypnols other affects are decreased blood pressure, drowsiness, visual disturbances, dizziness, and confusion.
- Methamphetamine also known as Speed, Ice, Chalk, Meth, Crystal, Crank, and Glass
- Users often show signs of agitation, excited speech, lack of appetite, and increased movement.
- Chronic use results in drastic weight loss, violence, and psychotic behavior; paranoia, is also seen in chronic users and this type of use can also lead to damage to the heart and nervous system.
- LSD also known as Acid, Blotter, and Dots
- Side effects of LSD can be very unpredictable and can vary depending on dose, the user as well as the environment.
- LSD causes dilated pupils, an increase in body temperature, rise in heart rate and blood pressure, sweating, dry mouth, and tremors.
- Long-term after-effects of LSD can include psychosis and flashbacks.”
Club drugs can be used to lower people’s inhibitions or for a “date rape.” Where the person giving out the drug wants to be able to control the situation and doesn’t want the other person to be able to say no or fight back against their sexual assault. Club drugs can cause very serious health problems and can result in death. Club drugs are even more dangerous to the user when mixed with alcohol.
Effects that are commonly produced by all club drugs include anxiety, panic, depression, euphoria, loss of memory, hallucinations, and psychotic behavior. Pacifiers, menthol inhalers, surgical masks, and glow sticks are also direct indicators of use of club drugs.