There are many who see club drugs as fun or exciting for parties or big events. What they do not see are the extremely dangerous affects they can have on the body and mind. It is very important to know everything there is to know about club drugs before anyone decides to use them.
Club Drugs Are…
What are club drugs? They are a type of drugs that cause psychoactive effects in the individual who uses them. There are many different kinds and while they do not have similar chemical formulas, they are all normally found and taken in social scenes such as bars, parties, concerts, raves, and any other club scene.
These drugs are generally used by teens and young adults, but anyone who uses these drugs are at risk for the harmful effects of them.
Club drugs include gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB), Rohypnol, ketamine, and MDMA, or its more common name ecstasy. GHB is one of the easiest drugs to get ahold of, as it is FDA-approved to treat narcolepsy so it is easy for individuals to get access to.
Valium and Xanax are have a similar chemical structure to Rohypnol and ketamine is often used as an anesthetic for animals in veterinary clinics. The most popular of these drugs is ecstasy, which is widely used as a club drug.
Each club drug is different, and as such, they affect different parts of the brain in a physical or psychological way. Rohypnol and GHB are depressants for the central nervous systems, which means they are used as sedatives.
When these are used with alcohol, they can have very potent and potentially lethal effects. These drugs can cause drowsiness, sedation, and amnesia by increasing the manufacture of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABBA in the brain.
Ketamine prompts a feeling of detachment from an individual’s environment by producing perceptual distortions, including hallucinations and causing the individual to be delirious. This is similar to the PCP drug in that it attacks the glutamate receptors. When this drug acts, it changes the body’s ability to process sights and sounds.
Ecstasy is one of the most widely known and used drugs due to its ability to work within an hour after it is use. This drug is known for creating feelings of empathy, emotional warmth, decreased anxiety, connection with others, enhanced sensation, and mental stimulation.
Ecstasy affects many different brain chemicals (dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin) at the same time to create feelings of positivity and connectivity with their social lives.
Why Are They Dangerous?
Many young adults only see the fun of these drugs and ignore or are not aware of the dangers the drugs can cause. If bought on the streets, they may contain contaminants but even if they are not bought out on the streets, if more than one drug is taken at a time or mixed with alcohol, it can increase the lethal side effects. It is important to know the side effects of these drugs.
Rohypnol and GHB are odorless, tasteless drugs that has often been named the “date rape” drug because when it is mixed with alcohol, it can cause an individual to become incapable of fighting off any kind of attack.
It also causes amnesia, which means that the person who was exposed to this type of drug will have no recollection of what occurred. Other affects include a decrease in inhibitions; increase the effects of alcohol, and death from overdose.
Ketamine, often referred to as “Special K” can cause a psychosis-like effect on the human mind and create impaired thinking, as well as cause high blood pressure and hallucinations. According to the FBI, ketamine can create reactions similar to those of PCP and results in a loss of focus in learning and memory.
With a larger dose, ketamine can cause amnesia, delirium, depression, high blood pressure, and impair motor function.
MDMA, more commonly known as Ecstasy, has many effects with repeat use. Ecstasy can cause confusion, depression, memory loss, problems sleeping, paranoia, severe anxiety, muscle tension, drug cravings, faintness, chills, blurred vision, and nausea.
It can also create false feelings of affection and impair judgment. According to the NIDA, ecstasy also has long-term effects, which indicate neurotoxicity for the brain chemistry and structure. Serotonin is the biggest thing the drug affects by reducing serotonin and its metabolites, transporters, and terminals.
Club drugs sound like a lot of fun, to the point where it is understandable as to why they are used by young people, but it is important to know the risks when the drugs are presented as an option. The most common drugs are Ecstasy, Rohypnol, GHB, and ketamine, all of which affect the brain in numerous but extremely lethal ways.
If you or a loved one is suffering from club drug addiction or the affects thereof and needs help, call 800-609-2774 to speak with a caring specialist that can assist you.