If someone told you to jump off that huge cliff over there, would you?
Probably not because the fall would kill you and you aren’t interested in dying anytime soon … especially with that Chem test next week you’ve studied so much for.
If a friend handed you a jug of antifreeze and told you to drink it, would you? Again knowing that it could kill you, probably not even though a person you know gave it to you.
Let’s say you get invited to this awesome party and you’re with friends, dancing, and having fun. A friend of yours comes up to you and offers this colorful, interesting looking pill and tells you that you should try it out.
You ask him/her what it is and they tell you it will make you feel really good and give you energy to last to the end of the party, would you try it?
At this point you may have paused and either you are admitting to yourself that you would try it or you paused enough on this scenario to make you think that maybe you would. However consider this, if that same friend told you that this interesting, colorful little pill was nothing but a combination of man-made chemicals and it could kill you, would you try it then or say “no thanks?”
This week we are beginning our series about club drugs.
Let’s start by defining just what “club drugs” or “designer drugs” are. Club drugs are the illegal drugs that tend to be used at places like parties, concerts, night clubs, raves and other places. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens: “A designer drug is created by changing the properties of a drug that comes from a plant—such as cocaine, morphine, or marijuana—using the tools of chemistry. The resulting “designer” drugs typically have a new, different effect on the brain or behavior.”
The drugs that are classified as club drugs or designer drugs:
- MDMA or also known as “Ecstasy”
- Gamma Hydroxybutyrate or “GHB”
- Ketamine or “Special K”
- LSD (Acid)
- Rohypnol or “Roofies.”
These club or designer drugs are also synthetic drugs because they are man-made using different chemicals like the synthetic drugs we have been talking about. They have been classified this way because the drugs on this list are the ones most commonly used at parties and night clubs.
Next week we will be talking about Gamma Hydroxybutyrate (GHB) and why it’s also considered a date-rape drug by the experts. For more information check out: https://teens.drugabuse.gov/blog/post/real-teens-ask-what-are-designer-drugs
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