Myths and Facts: Club Drugs
Ecstasy or MDMA, also known as Adam, XTC and X is a chemical that
has speed and LSD like qualities. It is usually taken in pill or powder
Some people think that ecstasy is a "safe drug."
They are wrong.
- Ecstasy is usually made in home labs and can be laced with other substances
like heroin, cocaine, speed, valium, caffeine and a chemical frequently
found in cough syrup.
- Drugs like ketamine, ephedrine and PMA are often sold as ecstasy.
So users may not know what they are getting.
- Recent studies have linked ecstasy and brain damage. Use can harm
your memory, your sexual performance, and your mood-control.
- It is very common for users to have a come-down period after the drug
wears off. Ecstasy can damage the "feel good" part of the brain. This
results in a temporary feeling of depression that makes it difficult
to cope with life.
Some people think ecstasy makes them cool.
They are wrong.
- Ecstasy is used at clubs, concerts and raves for increased energy and self confidence, and loss of inhibitions that the user feels.
- But it is not so cool to experience loss of muscle control, teeth
grinding, nausea, blurred vision, increased heart rate and blood pressure.
- Ecstasy is often used with alcohol and other drugs while dancing for
a long time in overheated clubs, which increases body temperature and causes
dehydration, heart failure, kidney failure, strokes and seizures. Not
so cool, huh?
Rophynol, GHB, and Ketamine
Rophies, Roach and Roof) also know as the "date rape drug" causes drowsiness
and decreased control over your muscles. People often feel "drunk" and
forget about what happened to them for 4 to 10 hours. This stuff can be
GHB (Liquid ecstasy, G, Georgia) is a depressant
also used as a "date rape drug." The signs of use include drowsiness,
vomiting, breathing problems, loss of consciousness and eventually death.
It becomes even more dangerous when mixed with alcohol. An overdose can
Ketamine (Special K, K or Vitamin K) is a white
powder or clear liquid that can be mixed in drinks, snorted, smoked, or
injected. It is mainly used as pain killer for animals. Anything good
enough for Rover is good enough for you, right? Users can vomit, experience
numbness or loss of muscle control. In larger doses, use can result in
convulsions, coma, and death. This stuff is highly addicting.
Why are they called predatory drugs? It may
be hard to believe but there are people who look just like you who are
willing to take advantage of others. They may be the "cutie" sitting next
to you at a club, be a classmate, or even be your date. They might secretly
give you a drug that makes it so you can no longer take care of yourself
then assault, rape or rob you. And worse you might not remember what happened.
Be careful, more and more cases of predatory drug use are being reported
Red alert: When you have sex with someone who is drunk or passed
out, you are committing a crime.
Only women need to worry, right? Wrong, although
the majority of cases involve women, men, particularly during spring break,
have also been drugged, robbed or raped after being given a "date rape
drug." Protect yourself.
Do you know where your drink has been? Predatory
drugs are often slipped into unwatched drinks at clubs, parties or raves.
What can I do to protect myself? Don't leave
your drink unattended while dancing or in the bathroom. Only drink from
unopened bottles or cans that you can see being opened. Don't drink from punch bowls or group drinks being passed around. Throw your drink away if you notice powder on the glass or if it has a funny taste. Take care of each other at parties,
clubs or raves.
- Watch each other's drinks.
- Check out your friends if they seem ready to pass out.
- Get help immediately if you or your friends feel funny.
- Don't leave a friend behind.
- Call or tell someone you trust right away.
- Get medical attention.
- Call the police.