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Club drugs are being used by young adults at all-night dance parties such as "raves" or "trances," dance clubs, and bars. MDMA (Ecstasy), GHB, Rohypnol, Ketamine, methamphetamine, and LSD are some of the club or party drugs gaining popularity. Ecstasy is a dangerous drug that has become more popular among high school students in the last few years.


Rohypnol is being called the "Date Rape Drug" or the "Quaalude of the '90s" because it is the newest drug to be abused by adding it to alcohol. When combined with alcohol, marijuana, cocaine or other drugs, it can provide a rapid and dramatic "high." Even if used by itself, Rohypnol's effects are very similar to intoxication



GHB can be produced in clear liquid, white powder, tablet, and capsule forms, and it is often used in combination with alcohol, making it even more dangerous. GHB has been increasingly involved in poisonings, overdoses, "date rapes," and fatalities. The drug is used predominantly by adolescents and young adults, often when they attend nightclubs and raves. GHB is often manufactured in homes with recipes and ingredients found and purchased on the Internet.


Ketamine is an injectable anesthetic that has been approved for both human and animal use in medical settings since 1970. About 90 percent of the ketamine legally sold today is intended for veterinary use. Ketamine gained popularity for abuse in the 1980s, when it was realized that large doses cause reactions similar to those associated with use of phencyclidine (PCP), such as dream-like states and hallucinations.

The slang terms for
Ecstasy are commonly known as: MDMA, Adam, Bean, E, M, Roll, X, and XTC. But the full name is methylenedioxy-methamphetamine.

Ecstasy is not always what it seems.

Since Ecstasy is illegal it is often produced in makeshift laboratories, making it impossible to know exactly what chemicals are used to produce it and where it is being produced.

Ecstasy is a dangerous synthetic drug with hallucinogenic properties that is typically in pill form and ingested orally, but it is also snorted or smoked.

The damage of Ecstasy includes risks of developing permanent brain damage, memory loss, sensory impairment, anxiety, and other disorders.

As a stimulate to the cardiovascular and central nervous system, there is extra risk for those people with circulatory problems or heart disease because the drug increases heart rate and blood pressure.

The drug is popular among those who attend "rave parties," which are all-night dance parties, night clubs and concerts. Ecstasy is popular in venues of dancing because the drug's stimulant effect allows the user to dance for long periods of time. However, the risk of dehydration, hyperthermia, and heart or kidney failure increase while dancing for long periods of time.


LSD is a hallucinogen. It induces abnormalities in sensory perceptions. The effects of LSD are unpredictable depending on the amount taken, on the surroundings in which the drug is used, and on the user's personality, mood, and expectations.


Typically an LSD user feels the effects of the drug 30 to 90 minutes after taking it. The physical effects include dilated pupils, higher body temperature, increased heart rate and blood pressure, sweating, loss of appetite, sleeplessness, dry mouth, and tremors.

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Community Narcotics Enforcement Team