The scenario is easy enough to imagine. A young person, male or female, goes to a music festival with friends. Alcohol is the ultimate Club Drug and is often the first one consumed. Let’s say we are dealing with a twenty-year-old female from out of town. Her friends decide to try something and she agrees. Having no idea what she is getting herself into, she nervously examines the neon pink pill with a butterfly stamped into its face. No one wants to be the negative Nancy or a bad sport, so she swallows the pill, washing it down with her beer. Pretty soon things begin to blur. The music sounds distance, yet close by. She has trouble determining direction and soon loses her friends in the crowd. Her last memory is of people as she walked through the crowd. She wakes up in the emergency room. She is one of the lucky ones.
Club Drugs have been around for a long time. Thus, we can’t expect them to go anywhere soon. People should understand the risk that they are taking and realize that the life-threatening consequences do not only apply to people elsewhere or a rare few. This is a national health crisis and is affecting people of all ages, races, genders of all demographics in every area of the country.
Club Drug is a phrase the encapsulates many substances. These are grouped together given the frequency of use, either together, or in the context of party scenes. Though often brightly colored and generally packaged in highly alluring ways, Club Drugs are anything but innocent or sweet.
The danger of Club Drugs are tied to the nature of their name – Clubs.
Concerts, clubs, raves, and parties are often frequented by those of a younger generation. People often in middle school, high school and college. While music and large parties should be condoned, with them comes some of the most addictive, dangerous and damaging substances on Earth.
Club Drugs include any drug or mind-altering substance found in a club or party scene. This most often includes Ecstasy, GHB, Ketamine, Rohypnol, LSD, Methamphetamine, PCP, Cocaine, and Alcohol. With this selection of drugs, there is no end to the potential side effects and damage caused.
Some potential issues caused by these drugs is the escalation of use. Using Cocaine might turn into Methamphetamine use, which then intensifies and becomes IV Methamphetamine use. All Club Drugs are heavily associated with addiction, with one exception. LSD’s potential to cause addiction is still unclear and highly debated.
The added element with Club Drugs is that they are most often produced in clandestine laboratories. Some are only ever produced in such amateur facilities. Ecstasy, LSD, PCP, Cocaine and others are often found to be cut with other drugs, chemicals, and toxins. When someone tries to sell you something, they rarely promote the drain cleaner or lighter fluid they used to dilute the drug.
News of mass deaths caused by a bad batch of a drug are so common now that heads barely turn. People die by the dozens because of drugs cut with rat poison or so highly concentrated that everyone who tries is immediately dies from an overdose.
Alcohol has a different method of destroying lives. Its prevalence and social acceptance has made it the most commonly used, abused and lethal of all substances. Those who mix Alcohol with other substances are essentially playing a game of Russian roulette with the gun pointed at their own heads.
Plenty of people, despite all the cards against them, surface from a day of using Club Drugs with their lives and health intact. Repeated use, however, slowly drains life and health from the users and no one escapes unscathed.
Tragically, one of the more common problems associated with Club Drugs is the harm that befalls a person while under the influence.
No one should drive while under the influence of drugs, same as Alcohol. Many people mistakenly believe that driving while under the influence of an upper is acceptable as they are alert. This is not good logic. The person may be alert but not necessarily able to react appropriately to any given situation. Stimulants can cause delusions, hallucinations and all sorts of mental alterations that make driving, or big decisions, not advisable.
Another common occurrence where Club Drugs are involved is rape. Roofies, Alcohol, Ketamine and other substances have been used since their creation to render a person unable to defend themselves. Far too many people have blacked out only to wake up in a strange place with a severe pain in the genital region.
Other problems such as hypothermia, hyperthermia, dehydration, over hydration, and head injuries occur while under the influence of these drugs. The effects of many Club Drugs might cause a person diminished pain response, causing him or her to ignore a serious injury for lack of the appropriate amount of pain. Several Club Drugs were originally developed for use as anesthesia and pain management during surgery.
The list of possible adverse and devastating effects never really ends. If anyone decides to take Club Drugs, take as many precautions as possible. Only use with people you trust. Don’t buy or accept drugs from unknown persons. Most importantly, if something should happen, call 911 and get help immediately.