The term “club drugs” refers to a variety of drugs used by people at bars, clubs, parties, concerts and raves. GHB, Rohypnol, ketamine, MDMA, Methamphetamine, LSD and many others are considered club drugs.
GHB (Gamma hydroxybutyrate), also known as “G”, is a central nervous system depressant. GHB is produced in clear liquid, white powder, tablet, and capsule forms. It is colorless and odorless. GHB has a salty taste, however it is often diluted in liquids and virtually undetectable. It is used by bodybuilders to stimulate muscle growth, however it is commonly used as a club drug or even as a date rape drug. The effects of GHB include difficulty thinking, hallucinations, slurred speech, headaches and amnesia, and it can also lead to eventual coma or death.
Rohypnol, commonly known as “Roofies”, is known as the date rape drug. Rohypnol slows down the central nervous system, causing a variety of effects including exhaustion, sedation, confusion, impaired coordination, impaired judgment and memory loss. While using this substance, people become physically and psychologically incapacitated. Rohypnol is a very dangerous club drug. It can slow the pulse and breathing, leading to unconsciousness, slowed heart rate, suppressed breathing and possibly even death. It is also lethal when combined with alcohol or other drugs.
Ketamine, known as “Special K” or simply “K”, was created for use as a gentle human anaesthetic, and is still used as a general anaesthetic for children, persons of poor health, and in veterinary medicine. Ketamine belongs to a class of drugs called “dissociative anaesthetics,” which means it distorts perception and produces feelings of detachment from the environment and self. Ketamine can cause hallucinations, delirium and amnesia. This club drug, at higher doses, depresses consciousness and breathing, and is extremely dangerous. Combined with other depressants like alcohol or GHB, Ketamine can be deadly. Frequent use can cause disruptions in consciousness and lead to neuroses or other mental disorders and it can cause a tremendous psychological dependence. Club drugs have become more common in recent years and are very popular with younger people.