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What is a Club Drug? What are the effects?

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  1. GirlSmarts on Nov 30, -0001 Reply

    Club drugs are a group of psychoactive drugs that tend to be abused by teens and young adults at bars, nightclubs, concerts, and parties. Gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB), Rohypnol, and ketamine are some of the drugs included in this group.

    There effects are multiple. GHB acts on at least two sites in the brain and at high doses, GHB’s effects may result in sleep, coma, or death. Rohypnol can produce anterograde amnesia, in which individuals may not remember events they experienced while under the influence of the drug. Ketamine distorts perceptions of sight and sound and produces feelings of detachment from the environment and self. Ketamine also results in impaired attention, learning ability, and memory. At higher doses, ketamine can cause dreamlike states and hallucinations; and at higher doses still, ketamine can cause delirium and amnesia.

    Uncertainties about the sources, chemicals, and possible contaminants used to manufacture many club drugs make it extremely difficult to determine toxicity and associated medical consequences. Nonetheless, we do know that Coma and seizures can occur following use of GHB. Combined use with other drugs such as alcohol can result in nausea and breathing difficulties. GHB and have also been involved in poisonings, overdoses, date rapes, and deaths. Rohypnol may be lethal when mixed with alcohol and/or other CNS depressants. Finally, Ketamine, in high doses, can cause impaired motor function, high blood pressure, and potentially fatal respiratory problems.

    **Cited from http://www.drugabuse.gov

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