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The Dangerous, Unpredictable Effects of Club Drugs

Club drugs is an umbrella term that encompasses a wide variety of substances, most of which are stimulants in pill form. These pills are known to provide energy and a feeling of euphoria, along with dramatically lowered inhibitions, making them popular on the dance party scene. Read on to learn more about abuse of club drugs, including the different types of drugs in this category and their effects.

Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, Ecstasy, E, X, Molly)

This drug is a type of amphetamine that lasts about three to six hours, allowing users to dance for the duration. It’s also a mild hallucinogen. Negative effects include increased risk for dehydration, hypertension, heart failure, and drastically increased body temperature. Long term abuse can lead to mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, and paranoia; difficulties with cognitive function, including confusion and memory loss, and problem sleeping.

Gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid (GHB)

Commonly used as a date rape drug, GHB depresses the central nervous system for up to four hours, causing both a sedative effect and euphoria. These effects are particularly pronounced, and much more grave, when combined with alcohol. GHB dramatically slows breathing and heart rate, often leading to overdose.

Methamphetamine (Speed, Ice, Crystal, Meth)

This substance, which can be snorted, taken orally, injected, or smoked, is an intense central nervous system stimulant. Users show agitation, excitement, and increased physical activity, along with a lack of appetite. With long term use, methamphetamine can cause dramatic weight loss, psychosis, paranoia, and damaging physical effects (particularly to the brain and heart).

Ketamine (Special K)

Commonly used by veterinarians as an animal tranquilizer, ketamine causes hallucinations similar to those caused by another drug, PCP. With long term use, memory, learning, and motor function are impaired, depression develops, and high blood pressure and other cardiac effects are common.

Rohypnol (Roofies)

Like GHB, roofies are commonly known as the date rape drug. They dissolve easily in most beverages and leave no taste or odor. What’s more, they cause amnesia, and this effect is aggravated by alcohol use. The drug can also cause dangerously lowered blood pressure, hallucinations, confusion, and dizziness.

Dangers of Club Drugs

In addition to the effects detailed above, many club drugs are addictive, causing physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms. And because most of these drugs are manufactured illegally, the effects vary each time. That means that even experienced users are subject to serious health risks, including death by overdose.

If you or a loved one abuses club drugs, help is available. Substance addiction can be treated, typically with a combination of rehabilitation methods and cognitive behavioral therapy. Talk with a doctor, who can help determine the treatment methodologies that are best suited for your individual situation. While recovery is challenging, there is hope for those affected by addiction.

2 Comments

  • Walter

    These club drugs are totally gross and I cannot believe that we could get to a point where people could look at these drugs and think that it is a good idea to consume them. I guess there is a point where logic goes out of the window, but there is something to be said about the prevalence of these drugs. They are nasty and it is amazing that they are promoted as club drugs. I remember when I was in school hearing that there were people who were using X and I think that it is a wild drug to have circulating around. Now roofies and GHB are just amazing. It is unreal how easy it is to put some of these in someones drink and it is even wilder to see that there is such a problem with this that is going around. What I find is most interesting is the fact that these drugs vary so wildly. I even remember when there was a company that would test X at clubs to ensure that they were getting clean drugs. I wanted to think that there would be something that could change, but I think that the only thing that would do this is the raising of the awareness of people and getting them to see that these drugs really serve no purpose and especially since a lot of them are home made there is no way to make sure that the quality of the drugs is standard, and as a result that makes them all the more dangerous. It is really sad to see what our society is coming to, and I think more effective measures need to be taken to handle this problem.

  • Amanda

    I have seen people take these drugs and I know just how dangerous they are. It is amazing to see that even after all the time that people have known about the dangerous effects of them you are still hearing about people who are abusing and using these drugs. What I think is the most interesting fact is that there is not much to be said about how these statistics affect the population. I think that a lot of people are forgetting the fact that people still use roofies. I remember when I was in high school and college and I heard about other girls getting slipped roofies and the thought of it was always unsettling. The fact that someone could do that to a person is just monsterous. I also think that the fact that people are still using GHB is amazing. These drugs are so sick and it makes me sad to think that there are people that think these are good or that they expand you mind, when in fact all they do is put you further and further out of reality and into a false, made up reality that is actually really dangerous. The other thing that I find amazing is that there is such a problem with this. I had heard that Ecstacy was the love drug and that it made you feel really good, but then you find someone who takes it can have a stroke or overheat because of what it does to the body. That is just unreal that people would take it, but I guess at the end of the day when it comes to drugs no use of them really makes a whole lot of sense. I am glad that you took the time to write this blog post as I think this is something that does need to be addressed in order to really handle the problems that go along with it.

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