Club Drugs and Date Rape Drugs
Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) Ecstasy
One of the most popular Club Drugs, is called Ecstasy or X on the street. This illegal drug acts as both a stimulant and mild hallucinogen. Users report that Ecstasy produces feelings of acceptance, empathy, closeness with others and a desire to touch them. Other effects can include fascination with sights and sounds, nausea, blurred vision, sweating and teeth clenching. The stimulant effects of the drug enable users to dance for extended periods. When used in high doses in hot crowded raves, the increase in body temperature (hyperthermia) can cause problems with the functioning of the liver, kidneys, and heart which can result in seizures and death.
Repeated use of Ecstasy may damage the brain cells that produce serotonin, which has an important role in the regulation of mood, body temperature, sleep, sexuality, and appetite. Most people who use Ecstasy report withdrawal symptoms that include depression, fatigue, loss of appetite, and trouble concentrating. In some cases, these symptoms can last for days or weeks after taking Ecstasy.
A disturbing drug in the Club Drugs, Date Rape Drugs category is called K, Special K, or Cat Tranquillizer on the street. Ketamine is a powerful anesthetic used by veterinarians. Users describe intense hallucinations and a lost sense of time and self. This experience is often referred to as entering a "K-hole" and has been compared to a near death experience with out of body sensations. Ketamine is sometimes used as a date rape drug since it puts the victim in a frozen state for a brief period of time.
Use of Ketamine can result in severe physical and mental problems including loss of motor coordination, delirium, amnesia, and convulsions. In high doses suppression of breathing and heart function can lead to oxygen starvation to the brain and muscles resulting in death. Use of Ketamine can result in addiction. Effects from chronic use of Ketamine may take from several months to two years to wear off completely.
Gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB)
One of the most menacing of the Club Drugs, Date Rape Drugs is called G, Easy Lay, or Liquid X on the street. This illegal drug can cause a state of euphoria, increased libido, increased sociability and intoxication. Like other "club drugs," GHB is taken because users believe that it can enhance the experience of being in a dance club or rave. However, some people have bad reactions to this drug. These can include nausea, headaches, drowsiness, dizziness, amnesia, vomiting, loss of muscle control, respiratory problems, difficulty thinking, slurred speech, passing out, and death. - Especially when combined with alcohol or other drugs.
GHB has been referred to as a date rape or predatory drug. When mixed in some drinks it can be difficult to detect. GHB is used in the commission of sexual assaults because it makes resisting difficult. Since memory loss is probable, legal action may not be effective. Because it leaves the system very rapidly, if a person suspects GHB was used in an assault, it is important to get tested for it as soon as possible.
Club Drugs often include Methamphetamine and Marijuana.
Another of the threatening drugs in the Date Rape Drugs category that has been used in sexual assaults is called Roofies, Rape, and the Forget-Me Pill on the street. As with other Central Nervous System Depressants, Rohypnol causes sedation, dizziness, lack of coordination, and slurred speech. Because Rohypnol is colorless, odorless and flavorless, it can be slipped into drinks unnoticed. Rohypnol dissolves quickly and takes effect within minutes. The disorientation, blackout, and loss of memory caused by higher doses of Rohypnol make it the drug of choice for date rapists. Victims may not be able to clearly recall the assault, or any of the details involved - including the assailant.
Anyone can become a victim of Rohypnol, GHB or other "date rape" drugs. Caution is advised when accepting drinks, or asking someone to watch a drink. Persons under the influence of Rohypnol, GHB or other such drugs should not be left unattended even at home.
Continued use of Rohypnol can result in addiction. Withdrawal symptoms include headaches, sore muscles, hallucinations, convulsions, and possibly seizures within a few weeks after quitting the drug. In the United States, the drug has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for medical use, and is considered to be an illegal drug.