There is a misconception among younger people that using a drug once will not cause harm. This misunderstanding is possibly why many people are dying while experimenting with any one of what is known as “club drugs.”
Drugs that are commonly found in clubs or raves are extremely dangerous. The uppers, downers, and hallucinogens that are passed around party scenes are killing the drug users in staggering numbers.
Dabbling in Uppers
Stimulants such as Meth or Ecstasy are a common occurrence in clubs and raves where people are enticed by the allure of more energy and feelings of euphoria. However, club drugs pose extreme risks to the user’s health in a variety of ways, especially when mixed with other drugs such as alcohol or another depressant.
Meth, also known as Crystal Meth or Methamphetamine, puts an enormous amount of strain on the heart. It spectacularly raises a person’s heart rate and can cause an irregular heartbeat. It also creates delirium, psychosis, panic, heart failure and, consequently, sudden death.
Ecstasy, also known as Molly, has both stimulant and hallucinogenic properties. This combination caused it to seemingly invade and actually perpetuate the rave scene in the 1980’s. It creates an altered state of consciousness – which includes time, sensations, sexuality, pleasure and empathy. This drug decreases people’s inhibitions and can lead to accidental death or harm as a result of users unwittingly getting into a dangerous situation.
Ecstasy is also highly addictive and can cause permanent health issues such as brain lesions, brain damage, cognitive impairment, paranoia, anxiety, memory loss, insomnia, anhedonia, and death.
Diving into Downers
Two of the downers seen in clubs and raves are perhaps more commonly known as “date rape” drugs. Both GHB and Rohypnol have been seen in cases of drugging, rape, and death, however, despite the danger, some people taking these drugs willingly.
GHB is used to treat narcolepsy in very rare cases. It is a central nervous system depressant, which may create aphrodisiac properties and have a slightly stimulating effect in low doses. In higher doses it can immobilize and numb a person, which will cause them to be easily overpowered.
Rohypnol is considered to be one of the more powerful benzodiazepines and is prescribed for short term relief of insomnia. The drug is known to be associated with rape due to its effect of rendering a person unconscious and causing amnesia. The assaulted person may have difficulties recalling the attack.
Handling Your Hallucinogens
Hallucinogens are popular club drugs due to their ability to create a sense of altered mental and emotional states and changes in perception. These drugs have seen an explosion of interest since the Second World War, as a result of the synthesis of LSD and later from interest into its potential as a psychiatric treatment option. These drugs are sometimes thought to be less harmful than other types of drugs. However, that perception is completely wrong.
LSD is a psychoactive drug that induces feelings of belonging, euphoria, an altered state of consciousness and a heightened spiritual experience. This is a powerful drug that raises body temperature, increases heart rate and blood pressure and can cause muscle tremors and weakness. It has also been known to cause such adverse effects as paranoia, panic, and sometimes creates lasting mental disorders in those who use it. It can also lead to overdose, permanent damage and death.
PCP, or angel dust, is another extremely dangerous drug. It is often thought to create superhuman strength, but actually causes only the delusion of strength, power and invincibility. Physically, it causes numbness, poor coordination and balance, slurred speech, excessive sweating, convulsions and death. Its effect on the user is highly unpredictable and may either energize or sedate a person. As it affects everyone differently, the mental symptoms are extensive and may include aggression, paranoia, rage, depersonalization, hallucinations, and changes in perception.
Ketamine is legal in some parts of the world and is used for anesthesia purposes. It works as both a sedative, painkiller, and hallucinogen. It is substantially shorter acting that PCP or other similar drugs. It causes the users to be put in a trance, and creates a dissociative state, during which derealization and depersonalization occurs. A “K hole” occurs in higher doses and causes feelings of being completely out of one’s body, distant from reality, and is accompanied by hallucinations. It was banned in some countries, such as Great Britain, due to the number of deaths attributed to it, especially amongst younger groups.
Don’t Do Drugs
By definition, club drugs are illegal and produced in makeshift conditions, making every pill or drop different from the next. Due to their high potency, unpredictable doses and unknown mixing compounds, they have a strong tendency to cause permanent physical and mental damage or death.
There has been an enormous amount of media coverage regarding prescription pills. However, with those substances in the limelight, deadlier drugs such as club drugs, perhaps, are not getting the attention they deserve.
Everyone reacts differently, but every high is a gamble for each and every person. It only requires one badly placed bet to permanently crippled a person, or kill.