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Club Drugs – The Truth About This Group of Psychoactive Substances

Club drugs also known as rave drugs refer to a pharmacologically heterogeneous group of psychoactive drugs that are abused by young adults and teens during concerts, parties and nightclubs. They make the user feel less shy, open and intimate. Most club drugs look like prescription medicine but that does not mean they are safe. Club Drugs are made illegally and are mixed with unknown products that cause harm to the brain.

List Of Club Drugs

They are also very addictive since they are types of methamphetamine. It is never safe to try even a small amount since people react differently to the drugs and they are known to cause death in some cases. Drugs classified as “club drugs” include;

  • Ecstasy
  • GHB
  • Ketamine
  • Rohypnol
  • LSD

These are the common rave drugs in the U.S. but there are other synthetic substances that are being sold as ecstasy. Below is a list of drugs in this class and the effect they have on the user.

Club Drug – Ecstasy

This is the most common drug in this class. The drug creates artificial feelings of empathy. This means that the user feels deeply close to a person that they have just met. Ecstasy is handed out in small pills with a logo or a character image on them. It sometimes comes in powder, liquid or crystal form. The effects of ecstasy normally last about three to six hours.

Short term effects of ecstasy include;

  • Distortion of perception mostly light, touch and music
  • Euphoria
  • Increased heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature
  • Lack of appetite
  • Chills
  • Muscle cramping

After the immediate effect has worn off some people mostly heavy users complain of; sleeping problems, difficulty focusing, aggressive behavior, paranoia, drug cravings and sadness.

An ecstasy overdose can make the user overheat. These high temperatures cause organ failure and death. An overdose can also cause seizures and fainting.

Club Drug – GHB

It is a central nervous system depressant and is usually administered as a pill, in liquid form, capsule or powder. Effects are known to last up to four hours. It slows breathing and heart beat to potentially low levels. It is commonly used as a date rape drug since it induces a relaxation feeling.

GHB effects include;

  • Hallucinations
  • Euphoria
  • Short term amnesia
  • Sedation
  • Dilated pupils
  • Involuntary eye movement

Adverse effects of overdose include; tremors, seizures, low body temperature, fatal respiratory problems, coma, lover failure and death. It is often used as a date rape drug.

Club Drug – Ketamine

Its primary use is as a veterinary anesthetic. It is a disassociate drug which makes the user loses touch or their identity and thoughts. The user may feel completely separated from their body. Ketamine can be snorted, smoked or injected.

Some ketamine effects include;

  • Distortion of sound and sight
  • Illusions and hallucinations
  • Slowed breathing
  • Slurred speech
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Amnesia
  • Delirium

A user could die from an overdose. Use of ketamine with alcohol or opiates is dangerous and can result in death. Heavy use of ketamine can cause damage to the bladder and one might need the bladder to be surgically removed.

Club Drug – Rohypnol

It has ten times the strength of valium. Its effects are felt very quickly and it is broken down and passed from the body quickly. When used as a date rape it is sipped into an alcoholic drink. It has no taste or odor. Some effects include; lower blood pressure, visual disturbances, nightmares, tremors and loss of social restraints.


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