Club drugs, while popular and considered by some to be “safe,” actually have the potential to be lethal when abused. And the club drug scene is growing at a dangerous pace. Some of the popular club drugs include ecstasy, GHB, ketamine, rohypnol, LSD, methamphetamine, and molly (which claims to be pure MDMA, but is mostly a synthetic designer drug).
Molly has become a huge problem in this scene, and according to the New York Daily News, “in some states, there has been a 100-fold increase—the combined number of arrests, seizures, emergency room mentions and overdoses—between 2009 and 2012, according to DEA figures.” This is largely due to the availability of the drug, combined with users believing it is less dangerous than other club drugs. In reality, molly could be anything, and those who take it will likely have no idea where it came from. More than likely, the drug was created in a chemical lab somewhere in China before making its way to American and European markets.
Ecstasy, another popular club drug generally comes in pills, crystal, or powdered form. It is known to provide feelings of euphoria, increased enjoyment of dancing, increased energy, artificial feelings of empathy and emotional warmth, lack of appetite and fatigue, jaw clenching and teeth grinding, threat of dehydration, and muscle cramping. Often, when the drug wears off, users report feelings of anxiousness, restlessness, irritability, sadness, insomnia, aggressive behavior, paranoia, and drug cravings. Ecstasy is a strong stimulant, which can make the body overheat and dehydrate, especially when coupled with drinking. Experienced users likely know they need to keep hydrated and cool, but others could end up overdosing, sometimes fatally.
GHB is popular and produces similar effects to those of ecstasy. It can make the user feel euphoric, sedated, confused, dizzy, and can cause hallucinations, lowered inhibitions, short-term amnesia, dilated pupils, and involuntary eye movement. Harmful effects can include vomiting, nausea, seizures, disorientation, low body temperature, fatal respiratory problems, coma, liver failure, and at worst, death.
Ketamine was created for use as a human anesthetic, but is generally only used in veterinary medicine because of its adverse effects. It can cause distorted sight and hearing, illusions, hallucinations, nausea, vomiting, confusion, dizziness, weakness, aggressive behavior, rapid heart rate, amnesia, and delirium. It can be smoked, snorted, or injected, and it is possible to overdose and die from its use. Ketamine is odorless and tasteless, making it popular for use as a date rape drug.
No matter what dealers are telling partiers, club drugs should never be considered safe. Remember it is impossible to tell where they came from, and dealers will always claim their drugs are pure to increase their profit. Don’t believe these drugs are safe because they’re only taken once in awhile, either. A lethal dose is often invisible until it’s too late.
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