Club Drugs as they are aptly named include drugs commonly used in clubs, parties, concerts, and other similar nightlife activities. These substances include GHB, Rohypnol® (aka roofies)s, Ketamine, MDMA (aka Ecstasy), Methamphetamine (aka meth), and LSD (aka Acid).
GHB (Gamma hydroxybutyrate) is a depressant that affects the central nervous system. GHB is classified as a club drug due to it being used for its effects of euphoric and as an aphrodisiac. GHB can be found as a clear liquid, a white powder, a tablet, or a capsule. At low dosages it can be used for relaxation and thus treat some mild anxiety. With higher doses it can cause sleepiness, hallucinations, troubled thought processes, and amnesia. This club drug has been used as a date rape drug due to it having affects on memory and being easy to slip into a drink undetected, as it is odorless and tasteless. Overdosing on this club drug can result in adverse affects like nausea, seizures, slowed heart rate, severely slowed breathing, coma, and death. If addicted to this club drug,
trying to stop can result in some withdrawal symptoms like insomnia, anxiety, high blood pressure, and tremors.
Rohypnol is included as a club drug because of its common use in clubs but is aslo classified as a benzodiazipine like Valium, but a lot stronger of a sedative. Rohypnol is commonly known as a roofie for its use as a date rape drug. Rohypnol can cause the user to be paralyzed, unable to move but still aware of whats going on for 8 or more hours, and when it wears off there can also be memory loss. Due to this club drugs popularity with sexual assailants the pill was changed from a round white tablet to a light green caplet with a blue core so as to be easier to be seen by turning a clear drink blue. Rohypnol is illegal in the United States for any use but is available in many other countries including Mexico and some European countries.
Ketamine is known as a dissociative anesthetic which means it can produce a feeling of dissociation from the environment. It can be used in a powdered or liquid form and injected, drank, or snorted. Some abuse of this club drug is added to joints for a more intense high. When abusing this club drug users can have hallucinations, loss of muscle control, and giving the user a dream like state of mind. As with most club drugs it has been known to be used as a date rape drug due to its paralysis effects. Long term use of Ketamine can result in high blood pressure, vomiting, nausea, amnesia, and problems breathing. Over dosage of Ketamine can result in death.
MDMA aka Ecstasy
MDMA, (3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine) or more commonly known as Ecstasy and Molly, is a club drug that is both a stimulant and a hallucinogen. Ecstasy can produce high amounts of energy, it can increase pleasure, and can cause the user to hallucinate. MDMA is commonly taken as a capsule but can also be in a liquid form or crushed and snorted. Ecstasy is known as a club drug because of its popularity to be taken while at a night club, rave, or anywhere with loud music. MDMA increases three brain chemicals dopamine (the pleasure feelings), norepinephrine (increases blood pressure and heart rate), and serotonin (affects the mood, sleep, and sexual desire). Withdrawal from ecstasy includes fatigue, loss of appetite, depression, trouble concentrating, trouble sleeping, irritable, and anxiety.
Methamphetamine is a stimulant drug usually used as a white, bitter-tasting powder or a pill. Crystal methamphetamine is a form of the drug that looks like glass fragments or shiny, bluish-white rocks. It is chemically similar to amphetamine. This club drug can be used by smoking, snorting, swallowed as a pill, and dissolved in a drink. Meth increases the dopamine in the brain giving the user an increase in pleasure. Long term use of this drug can affect the dopamine levels in the brain and thus cause depression and negative feelings. Other effects of this club drug are weight loss, dental problems, anxiety, confusion, sleep problems, violent behavior, paranoia, and hallucinations. Methamphetamine overdose can lead to stroke, heart attack, or organ problems—such as kidney failure—caused by overheating. Methamphetamine is highly addictive. When people stop taking it, withdrawal symptoms can include anxiety, fatigue, severe depression, psychosis, and intense drug cravings.
LSD aka Acid
Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) or more commonly known as Acid, is a club drug that produces psychological effects. Acid is generally consumed as a gelatin, a sugar cube, or more commonly given out on a blotter paper. This club drug can also be injected. Acid can have cause the user to have intense feelings of happiness or can alternatively cause intense terror. While the user is under the effect of the club drug it is difficult to differentiate what is real or not. LSD will accumulate in the body and thus require the user to use more and more to receive the same high feeling they did at first use.