Club Drugs: What Goes On Behind Closed Doors

What are Club Drugs?

Club drugs, as their name implies, are drugs typically used by teenagers and young adults at dance clubs, raves, trance parties and bars. These drugs are very well hidden, sometimes disguised in Pez dispensers, Skittles, eye drop bottles and Tootsie Rolls. People who take these drugs typically feel an intense euphoric feeling as well as a false sense of calmness. Memory impairment is frequent. These drugs can be very dangerous and harmful, their use sometimes resulting in death. All drugs can be dangerous if used frequently enough or in large amounts. When drug addiction occurs it is important to seek out drug rehab at a drug treatment center in order to prevent serious side effects and possibly death.

Date rape drugs are also another name for some of these club drugs. Sexual predators can easily use these drugs to their advantage as some are tasteless, odorless, colorless and thus easily hidden. Because of memory loss occurring while under the drug’s influence, sexual assault and robbery can occur.

Types/Popular Names of Club Drugs

Types of club drugs include Ecstasy, GHB, Methamphetamine, and LSD. Club drugs are popular in part because they are so easy to take. Typically, no snorting, smoking or injecting is required. Popular street names for these drugs are:

MDMA (Methylenedioxy-methamphetamine)

Ecstasy, X, E, XTC, STP, Adam, peace, clarity, lover’s speed, peace, bean, M&M and roll

GHB (Gamma-hydroxybutyric acid)

Georgia home boy, liquid X, liquid ecstasy, liquid E, G, Gib, G-riffic, natural sleep-500, gamma-oh, gamma hydrate, sodium oxybate, somatomax, organic Quaalude, cherry meth, scoop, easy lay, grievous body harm, soap, salty water and fantasy

Known as the most common “date rape drug”

Rohypnol

R2, roofie, roche, la rocha, rope, Mexican Valium, circles and forget-me pill

Ketamine

Special K, K, vitamin K, fort dodge, psychedelic heroin and cat valium

Methamphetamine

Crystal, meth, crystal meth, ice, tina, crank, speed, ice and chalk

Ritalin

Vitamin R, R-ball and skippy

LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide acid)

Acid, boomers, and yellow sunshines, blotter, boomers, cubes and microdot

PCP (Phencyclidine)

Angel dust, elephant tranquilizer, crystal, crystal joints (CJs), TAC, hog and the sheets

Effects of Club Drugs

Various effects resulting from these club drugs include:

MDMA (Methylenedioxy-methamphetamine)

  • Anxiety
  • Uncontrollable teeth clenching
  • Hyponatremia (water intoxication)
  • Liver and Kidney failure
  • Memory impairment

GHB (Gamma-hydroxybutyric acid)

  • Sleeping
  • Coma
  • Seizures
  • Tremors
  • Anxiety

Rohypnol

  • Anterograde amnesia (not remembering what happened when under the influence of the drug)
  • Drowsiness
  • Urinary Retention
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion

Ketamine

  • Hallucinations
  • Amnesia
  • Higher blood pressure
  • Depression
  • Respiratory problems

Methamphetamine

  • Heart attack
  • Malnutrition
  • Buildup of liquid in the lungs
  • Nerve cell damage
  • Depression

Ritalin

  • Paranoia
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Liver complications
  • Halucinations
  • Fainting

LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide acid)

  • Altered personality and mood
  • Increased body temperature
  • Higher heart rate and blood pressure
  • Sleeplessness
  • Sweating

PCP (Phencyclidine)

  • Amnesia
  • Depersonalization
  • Poor Balance
  • Delirium
  • Hostility

The effects of drug use can become very serious with consistent abuse. In many cases, drug rehab facilities are recommended to halt the continuation of such a negative lifestyle.

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