Effects of Club Drugs
Club drugs are a pharmacologically similar group of psychoactive drugs generally abused at nightclubs and parties. Ongoing club drugs abuse can lead to devastating physical and psychological consequences. Some people may not be aware of the long-term club drug effects. The lasting effects these drugs can produce on the body may require specialized treatment at a rehab facility.
There are several types of drugs in this category which may result in different club drugs effects:
- Gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB): This is a CNS depressant used to treat narcolepsy. Short-term club drug effects may include drowsiness which can lead to a deep sleep. GHB can be extremely dangerous specially when mixed with other CNS depressants such as alcohol. Users who have abused this drug for a long time reports feelings of detachment, depression, and a numbness or dulling of emotions.
- Rohypnol: This is a powerful CNS depressant in the Benzos family producing effects similar to other Benzos yet is 10 times more powerful than most drugs in this category, specifically those associated with withdrawals which may include cardiac arrest.
- Ketamine: This is a dissociative anesthetic which means the mind separates itself from sensations the body is feeling. Abusing this drug can produce intense physical and mental effects which may include hallucinations, delirium, and paralysis or loss of motor skills. Long-term effects may include visual disturbances, disruptions in consciousness, neuroses and mental disorders.
- MDMA (Ecstasy): This drug is not used pharmacologically. It was first prescribed as an antidepressant but currently its uses are illicit. This drug can be psychologically addictive. Overdose on this drug can result in a person overheating and developing a severe and deadly fever. Chronic drug abuse of ecstasy can produce long term psychological effects such as depression, anxiety, and reduced cognitive ability.
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