What Are Club Drugs?
As the name itself may suggest, club drugs are colorless, odorless and flavorless drugs which are usually taken during rave parties or similar, clubbing sessions, causing people to feel intoxicated or sedated for the night.
These drugs are usually made secretly in garages, labs, kitchens and other such environments, sold illegally in the clubs or on the streets. Ecstacy, Rohypnol, GHB, ketamine and many others belong to the club drugs group.
Effects of Club Drugs
People take these in order to enjoy their nights out more. Basically, they cause people to feel anxious, euphoric or nauseous. Also, these trigger hallucinations, excessive sweating and some other effects. Usually, the user does not remember the night before once he/she wakes up, due to amnesia that these drugs cause. Moreover, people at parties often mix club drugs with alcoholic beverages for a sedating effect. This kind of activity can be very dangerous.
The most common club drug is Ecstasy. Being sold in the form of a pill, its effects lasting for about 8 hours, it causes psychedelic and hallucinogenic effects. Rohypnol is a type of a sedative which is very strong and lasts for about 12 hours. Another commonly used sedative is GHB and its effects last for about 4 hours. LSD, being yet another popular club drug causes extrasensory perceptions. Finally, ketamine is an anesthetic normally used by vegetarians.
Side Effects of Club Drugs
Drugs have no positive effects, generally speaking. Nevertheless, club drugs are capable of triggering seizures, coma, cardiac arrests and heart attacks, muscle cramps and many other health complications. Mixed with alcohol, these trigger confusion, lack of concentration and drowsiness. Rohypnol is commonly given to future rape victims since it makes them unconscious and incapable of defending themselves. An overdose of these may even be deadly. Ketamine can trigger amnesia, learning impairment, concentration issues and memory loss, along with hallucinations. Finally, LSD can make a person psychotic and prone to hallucinations.
Moreover, since these drugs are synthetic and made in unhygienic conditions, usually by inexperienced people, they can be addictive, triggering numerous withdrawal symptoms like nausea, sweating, insomnia and drug cravings. Rohypnol, when mixed with alcoholic beverages can cause death.
People, especially younger members of the population, need to be aware of these dangers related to club drugs and avoid them at all times, staying healthy and having a good time instead of exposing their bodies and minds to dangerous and potentially lethal chemicals, blacking out and risking their lives for the sake of a party time they will not even remember tomorrow.