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Facts About Club Drugs

Drugs are defined as chemical substances that are used in the treatment, cure, prevention, or diagnosis of a disease. They are also used to enhance physical or mental well-being. While many drugs can be used for positive reasons, there are many drugs that can have a negative impact on people’s lives.

What are club drugs?

Club drugs are a specific kind of drug that is often used by teens and adolescents at clubs, concerts, parties, bars, and the like. These drugs allow people to “loosen up” for a fun night out with friends and also serve as a way for people to forget about their problems when going out.

What are the main effects of club drugs?

Club drugs may cause an individual to feel a variety of changes to their mental and physical state. Some of these effects may include:

  • Vision problems
  • Elevated mood
  • Increased alertness
  • Changes in eating patterns
  • Intense empathy
  • Self-confidence
  • Hallucinations
  • Increased energy
  • Feelings of relaxation and calmness
  • High sex drive
  • Sedation

These drugs make people feel confident and more relaxed when they are out partying. While this may make clubbing seem extra fun at the time, they may be detrimental to your health in the long run.

What are the different types of club drugs?

Club drugs are psychoactive drugs that alter the mind’s state during parties. The three main categories of club drugs include GHB, Rohypnol, and Ketamine.

  • GHB (Xyrem) — This drug is classified as a central nervous system depressant (CNS) and is widely popular as the “date rape.” It causes feelings of euphoria and calmness. GHB causes individuals to become so debilitated that they cannot defend themselves against sexual assault. It is a colorless, tasteless, and odorless substance that is usually consumed in powder or liquid form.
  • Rohypnol (Flunitrazepam) — This drug is a benzodiazepine (which means it is in the same category of sedative drugs like Xanax). It makes people feel sedated and slows their breathing. Also used as a date rape drug, rohypnol, is usually combined with alcoholic beverages, making the effects even more dangerous. It is most commonly taken in the form of a pill.
  • Ketamine (Special K)— Typically used as an anesthetic, ketamine can also be used to produce hallucinogenic effects. It is typically snorted or injected and results in the individual feeling disconnected from the world around them and their own bodies.

How to club drugs affect the brain?

Like all drugs, club drugs affect the brain’s functioning. For instance, GHB affects the brain’s GABAB receptor along with a GHB binding site. Rohypnol disrupt the brain’s GABAA receptor by producing feelings of amnesia; they may not remember what happened the next day while they were on the drug. Ketamine works on the NMDA receptor to produce different effects. When the drugs interfere with the brain’s different receptors, different experiences and feelings will come as a result.

Are club drugs addictive?

Withdrawal, dependence, and addiction are all risk factors for long-term club drug usage. People may experience withdrawal symptoms when they do not have their club drugs; this is a sign that they may have developed a dependence on the drug, which means their bodies cannot function properly without it. Addiction comes when there is a physical and mental dependence on the drug. Anxiety, shaking, and sweating are examples of the withdrawal symptoms that people may feel without their club drugs once they have become used to them.

If you or someone you know is suffering from addiction, get help now. For more information on addiction treatment and prevention, call Safe Prevention at 1-877-503-2608.

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