Club drugs are mostly associated with all night rave parties, night clubs, bars, college campuses etc. These drugs are odorless, colorless, and flavorless drugs that make it difficult to detect. They are mostly used for causing intoxicating and sedative effects in short time. Mixing these drugs with alcohol can cause harmful intoxication and implications on health. Club drugs are mostly manufactured in underground street labs, garages, or cooking kitchens using number of drug sources and chemicals in any combination. Some of the common club drugs include.
Club Drugs and Its Types
Club drugs can cause nausea, hallucinations, sweating, anxiety, euphoria etc. It is due to these effects that club drugs are commonly abused in parties, night clubs etc. Some of the common club drugs include. These drugs cause retrograde amnesia that makes the victim unable to recall or remember the memories of the event. These drugs can be used to sedate or intoxicate other person by mixing it in beverages or drinks as they are odorless, tasteless, and flavorless drugs.
*Ecstacy is the most commonly abused club drug. MDMA acts as a brain stimulant and produces hallucinogenic and psychedelic effects. It is normally consumed in a pill form and its effect lasts for 4-8 hours.
*Rohypnol, also called as Rophies, is a strong sedative and belongs to benzodiazepine class. Its effects last for 12 hours.
*Gamma Hydroxyl Butyrate (GHB) is Central Nervous System (CNS) depressant and its sedative effects lasts for 4-6 hours.
*Ketamine is an anesthetic primarily developed for veterinarian purposes.
*Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD) is a chemical having hallucinogenic properties and causes extrasensory perceptions.
Harmful Effects of Club Drugs
Effects of Ecstasy includes seizures, coma, attacks, muscle crams etc. When mixed with alcohol or combined with other drugs, it may even lead to death. It can cause mental confusion and lethargy when mixed with alcohol. The use of Rohypnol or Rophies can also cause drowsiness, dizziness, and slowed response. Since Rohypnol intoxicates the person and incapacitates the person to resist sexual assault, it is often referred to as ‘date rape’ drug. It can cause lethargy, coma, and difficulties in breathing, loss of consciousness, seizures, or even death. Prolonged use of Ketamine leads to mental confusion, impaired learning, decreased attention, and memory loss. Ketamine causes amnesia, impaired motor function, hallucination, and dream like states. LSD can cause slight increase in heart rate, blood pressure, loss of appetite etc. Prolonged abuse of LSD leads to psychotic ideations and frequent hallucinations.
Other Adverse Effects
Club drugs are manufactured in less than ideal conditions like bathrooms and garages. Lack of knowledge about sources, chemicals, and composition makes it difficult to know exact toxicity and medical effects. However, chronic use of Rohypnol may result in drug dependence as in case of benzodiazepines. Repeated use of GHB has shown to have withdrawal effects, including insomnia, sweating, tremors, and anxiety. GHB abuse can cause coma and seizures. When consume after mixing with alcohol, GHB can cause nausea and breathing difficulties. Rohypnol can have lethal consequences when mixed with alcohol. Ketamine also has strong addictive properties. Tolerance and craving for drug may develop due to abuse of Ketamine.
Most of the club drugs that are used in night parties, clubs, rave parties etc fall into category of illegal drugs. These drugs have potential to cause addiction, harmful effects on heath, and even death. Youngsters need to be made aware of the risks related to club drug use as these drugs can be easily used to intoxicate or sedate others.