Club Drugs Part 4: Ecstasy

Moving along with our series, let’s talk about Ecstasy.  Ecstasy is the common name for MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine) which is a man-made drug that produces energizing effects similar to amphetamines. Besides a stimulant effect Ecstasy also causes a psychedelic effect similar to LSD or Hallucinogens. Ecstasy is very commonly found in night clubs and raves as well as music festivals and concerts because of its effects. Ecstasy is commonly called “Molly” (slang for molecular) refers to the pure crystalline powder form of MDMA, usually sold in capsules. Ecstasy can also be known by other names:

 

* X, E, or XTC
* Adam
* Beans
* Candy
* Dancing Shoes
* Disco Biscuits
* Doves
* E-bomb
* Egg Rolls
* Happy Pill
* Hug Drug
* Love Drug
* Malcolm (or Malcolm X)
* Scooby Snacks
* Smartees
* Sweets
* Skittles
* Thizz
* Vitamin E or Vitamin X
* Vowels

Most people who use Ecstasy take it in a pill, tablet, or capsule. The pills can be different colors and sometimes have cartoon-like images on them.

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Some people take more than one pill at a time, called “bumping.” According to NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) Ecstasy (MDMA) is being mixed with or replaced by synthetic cathinones, the chemicals in “bath salts.” Some Ecstasy pills, tablets, and capsules have also been found to contain caffeine, dextromethorphan (found in some cough syrups), amphetamines, PCP, or cocaine.

Once Ecstasy is taken it can take approximately 15 minutes to get through the bloodstream and reach the brain. Ecstasy users may become anxious and agitated, become sweaty, have chills, and feel faint and/or dizzy. Other effects including confusion, depression, sleep problems, drug craving, and anxiety can happen days or weeks after use.

If you’re wondering whether or not you can die from using Ecstasy, the answer is yes. When you use Ecstasy the body has trouble controlling body temperature. When you’re in hot settings like dance clubs, or concerts it can cause a sharp rise in body temperature (known as hyperthermia), which can cause liver, kidney, heart failure or even death. For more information about Ecstasy, check out https://teens.drugabuse.gov/drug-facts/mdma-ecstasy-or-molly.

Tips:

Don’t Be Afraid to Say No. If you don’t want to try something that’s offered to you, you have a right to say no. Only you know what’s right for you and your friends shouldn’t be making your decisions for you by pushing you to do something. If you hear “everyone’s doing it” don’t believe that one. It may seem that way to you because a majority of your friends are doing these things.

Connect with Your Friends and Avoid Negative Peer Pressure.  What kind of friends are you hanging out with?  If most of your friends that you hang out with are using alcohol and/or drugs, you should consider making new friends. The more you hang out with those that use, the more of a chance you have of getting involved with drugs and not being able to stop.

Make Connections With Your Parents or Other Adults. As you grow up, having a trusted adult you can talk to about everything going on in your life including drug or alcohol use is very important.

Enjoy Life and Do What You Love – Don’t Add Alcohol and Drugs. Find things to do. You can get involved in your community, participate in school clubs or even get a job depending on your age. Don’t let the “I’m bored” become an excuse to get involved with alcohol and/or drugs.

Get Educated About Alcohol and Drugs.  Take the time to learn about alcohol and drugs. Do not rely on information you hear from your friends as they could possibly be wrong.

Plan Ahead. If you’re going out to an event, make a plan on how you will protect yourself. Planning ahead will help you deal with a situation and will help to keep you from becoming a victim.

Get help. If anything happens don’t be afraid to get help. There are plenty of adults that are ready to help you.

If you or someone you know needs help, Youth Outreach is available. Stop by or give us a call at 1.866.538.8023.

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Club Drugs Part 3: Ketamine

Next up in our series about Club Drugs is Ketamine. Since the 1970s, Ketamine has been marketed in the United States as an injectable, short-acting anesthetic for use in humans and animals.

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Ketamine is known by many names:

 

BRAND NAMES

Ketaset

Ketalar

Ketalar SV

Ketanest

Ketanest S

STREET NAMES

Special K

K

Super C

Cat Valium

Jet

Super acid

Green

Ketamine can be injected, consumed in drinks, snorted, or smoked. Ketamine is mostly self- administered which is sometimes more dangerous then it being slipped into your drink without you knowing. This can lead to a very high risk of overdosing and brain damage. Like GHB and Rohypnol, Ketamine can also cause an amnesia effect so it has also been used as a date-rape drug just not on the level of GHB or Rohypnol. Ketamine is very rarely bought on the street and is usually purchased from someone at raves and similar style parties.

Some side effects of taking Ketamine are:

 

  • dream-like feeling
  • blurred vision
  • double vision
  • jerky muscle movements
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • loss of appetite
  • sleep problems (insomnia)
  • severe confusion
  • hallucinations
  • unusual thoughts
  • extreme fear

Short-term effects of using Ketamine includes problems with attention, learning, and memory; sedation;  problems speaking; loss of memory; problems moving, to the point of being immobile; raised blood pressure; unconsciousness; slowed breathing that can lead to death.

Continued use of Ketamine could lead to long-term effects such as ulcers and pain in the bladder; kidney problems; stomach pain; depression; poor memory.

If you think that you were a victim to this drug, reach out to someone.  If you or someone you know needs help, Youth Outreach is available. Stop by or give us a call at 1.866.538.8023.

Club Drugs Part 2: Rohypnol

Imagine this scenario: you are at a club or party having the time of your life. Someone comes up and tries to put “the moves on you.” You turn them down and move on, but that person will not leave you alone! You think that they may have put something in your drink but thought nothing of it and drank it anyway. That is all you remember until you wake up hours later. What happened?! Best guess, you were given a roofie. A roofie is the shortened named for the illegal drug Rohypnol. Rohypnol is the brand name for Flunitrazepam, a benzodiazepine drug in the same family of medications as Valium and Xanax. However, unlike these other drugs, Rohypnol has never been approved for any medical use in the United States. It is illegal to manufacture, distribute, or possess Rohypnol in this country. Rohypnol is also known by these other names:

  • Ruffies
  • Roofies
  • Rophies
  • Roches
  • Roaches
  • La Rochas
  • Rope
  • Rib
  • Forget Pill
  • Poor Man’s Quaalude
  • Whiteys
  • Trip-and-Fall
  • Mind Erasers
  • Mexican Valium
  • Lunch Money (referring to the drug’s low street price)

The small white pills look similar to many other prescription medications that are on the market, either in the United States or elsewhere. However, they are easily identifiable because they bear the name of the company which manufactures them on one side. The company’s name is Roche, and it is stamped on one side of the pills. This makes them readily identifiable if the pills are intact.

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Rohypnol is probably the most well-known club drug because of how often it is used on unsuspecting victims. When Rohypnol is dissolved in a drink, you usually can’t see it, smell it, or taste it. Therefore, if you are “dosed,” you probably won’t know that you’re being drugged. Soft drinks, punch, beer, or other alcoholic beverages can all provide the disguise.

This drug puts you in a really dangerous spot, especially if someone dosed you like in the scenario above. It can cause amnesia and because it attacks the central nervous system, it can render your body uncontrollable. The effects can last up to six hours.

Because of the amnesia that can happen, individuals are unable to remember certain events that they experience while under the influence of the drug. This effect is particularly dangerous when Rohypnol is used to aid in the commission of sexual assault; victims may not be able to clearly recall the assault, the assailant, or the events surrounding the assault. If you think that you have been a victim of date rape, it is important to talk to someone.

Protect Yourself

Due to Rohypnol being used as a date rape drug the maker of the drug has changed some of the pills to a green pill with a blue core so it will dye the liquid blue when dropped in a clear drink.  However, when dissolved in darker-colored liquids, the blue dye may not be noticeable. Generic versions of Rohypnol may not contain the blue dye so keep careful watch of your drink.

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Here are some tips to help keep you safe while you are out:

  • Don’t accept drinks from people you don’t know.
  • Don’t drink beverages that you did not open yourself.
  • Don’t share or exchange drinks with anyone.
  • Don’t take a drink from a punch bowl or a container that is being passed around.
  • If possible, bring your own drinks to parties.
  • If someone offers you a drink from the bar at a club or party, accompany the person to the bar to order your drink, watch the drink being poured, and carry the drink yourself.
  • Don’t leave your drink unattended while talking, dancing, using the restroom, or making a phone call.
  • If you realize your drink has been left unattended, discard it.
  • Don’t drink anything that has an unusual taste or appearance (e.g., salty taste, excessive foam, unexplained residue).

If you think that you were a victim to this drug, reach out to someone.  If you or someone you know needs help, Youth Outreach is available. Stop by or give us a call at 1.866.538.8023.

Club Drugs Part 1: GHB

This week we are talking about GHB, a drug that has been illegal since the early 1990s. GHB has become recognized as a date-rape drug due to its effects on the body.

GHB stands for Gamma Hydroxybutyrate; which are fancy words for danger. It also goes by some of these other names:

  • Liquid X
  • Liquid ecstasy
  • Gamma-oh
  • Cherry Meth
  • Georgia homeboy
  • Fantasy
  • Scoop or Goop
  • Good night Cinderella

GHB can be made from ingredients like GBL (gamma-butyrolactone) which is a chemical used as a paint stripper.

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As a date-rape drug it is put into the drinks of unsuspecting victims at places like night clubs and raves.  However,don’t assume that as long as you go to parties at someone’s house that something like that can’t happen. GHB can be mixed into drinks, smoked, or snorted. Liquid form is the most commonly abused. If you head out in the streets you will find GHB primarily being sold in liquid form by the dose, and in some places you will find candy such as lollipops dipped in GHB and then sold. GHB by itself has a salty or soapy taste but when it is mixed in a drink you probably wouldn’t notice.

  • It can cause people to throw up, slow their heart rate, and make it hard to breathe.
  • At high doses, it can result in a coma or death.
  • It is a tasteless, and colorless when dissolved in a drink.
  • Mixing it with alcohol makes these effects worse.
  • GHB can take effect in 15 to 30 minutes, and the effects may last for 3 to 6 hours.

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If you ingest GHB in any form, it will attack the central nervous system. Once GHB has affected the central nervous system, it can cause you to become incapable of controlling your body. It also can cause amnesia which means you are at the mercy of whoever is around you. With the effects of GHB lasting anywhere between three and six hours, that leaves a lot of time for you to not know what is being done to you.

Researchers and scientists are trying to find a way for the average person to test their drinks for GHB. So far, the only methods that have been found are really expensive and/ or the time it takes to get the results are too long. This means that most testing can only happen after you have been drugged. No matter what you are drinking, even if it’s sodas or juice, people can slip drugs in your drinks—so pour all drinks yourself and never leave them unattended (even if you have to take them into the bathroom with you).

TIPS:

  • If you take your eyes off of your drink even briefly and there are people around, don’t drink it and consider getting a new one.
  • As said above take your drink with you wherever you go, even to the bathroom. It may sound dumb but it will keep you safe.
  • Pour your own drinks when that’s possible to do.
  • Consider drinking something with a lid so things can’t be easily slipped into your drink.
  • Bring an empty bottle that has a lid and pour your drink into the bottle.

If you have any doubts about your drink, just don’t drink it. Do you have any tips or suggestions? Comment below with them so we can help each other stay safe out there.

If you think that you were a victim to this drug, reach out to someone.  If you or someone you know needs help, Youth Outreach is available. Stop by or give us a call at 1.866.538.8023.

Club Drugs

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.

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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

If you or someone you know needs help, Youth Outreach is available. Stop by or give us a call at 1.866.538.8023.