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Club Drugs: Myths and Realities

By on July 3, 2012 in Health with 0 Comments

 

What are the “club drugs”?

Club drugs are popular in nightclubs, parties and “raves” (parties that last all night). Club drugs are those who use them feel more open and intimate, and less shy. The most common club drugs are MDMA (“ecstasy”), GHB (“liquid ecstasy”), flunitrazepam (“roofies”) and ketamine (“K powder”). They may have many other names in the jargon.

Are club drugs safe?

No. Although most club drugs look similar to that of prescription drugs, they are manufactured illegally and can cause damage. Generally, these drugs are a mixture of unknown products. Club drugs can damage the brain and cause memory problems. They can also cause physical problems such as loss of muscle control, blurred vision and seizures. Drugs such as MDMA are stimulants that can increase heart rate and blood pressure. Drugs such as GHB can cause breathing problems or loss of consciousness.

Are club drugs addictive?

Yes. Many club drugs are types of methamphetamine, which is very addictive. People can also become addicted if they use GHB, ketamine and flunitrazepam repeatedly. These drugs can cause severe and lasting symptoms.

Is it safe to take a small amount of a club drug?

No. People react differently to these drugs, and even a single pill may cause serious side effects, including death, in some people. Moreover, due to being manufactured illegally, the potency of these drugs can vary from one batch to another.

How do I know if my friends are using club drugs?

Club drugs can make people feel very hot. If a friend is too hot or feel weak or sick, take him or her to a cool and quiet place. If the person is thirsty, give him a sports drink (like Gatorade) instead of plain water. If the person starts to feel better, get medical help immediately.

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