Myths and Facts: Club Drugs
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Ecstasy
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 form.

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 Rohypnol (Roofies, 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 addicting.

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 occur quickly.

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 every day.

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.
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