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Teenagers And Club Drugs

Club drug usage amongst teenagers can cause serious damage to their mental and physical health.

What are club drugs? Club drugs are an assortment of substances that teenagers use to get high. Some are stimulants that increase heart rate and blood pressure while others are depressants that cause drowsiness and a slowdown of mental thought processes and physical reactions to certain stimuli.

What are the names of some Club drugs?

  • (1) Ecstasy: Slang terms for ecstasy are E, X, and XTC.
    (2) GHB: Slang terms are Liquid Ecstasy, Liquid X, Georgia Home Boy, and Grievous Bodily Harm.
    (3) Ketamine: Slang terms are Special K, Vitamin K, K, Kit Kat.
    (4) Rohypnol: Slang terms are Roofies, R-2.
    (5) Other Club Drugs: Cocaine, Methamphetamines, Hallucinogens, Marijuana, Inhalants.

When and where are club drugs used? Club drugs are often used by teenagers and young adults during all night parties (Raves), concerts, clubs, and other entertainment venues. But like any other drug, they can be used anytime, anywhere.

What damage does club drugs have on the health of teenagers? Club drugs can impair memory, judgment, coordination, and have a negative effect on the senses. They can cause amnesia, unconsciousness, comas, and death.

Can club drugs damage the brain? Yes! Club drugs can damage the neurons in your brain causing long term bouts of memory loss and hinder behavioral patterns that are normal functions of the body.

Can club drugs kill? Yes! High doses of club drugs can cause breathing problems, erratic heart beats, and the shut down of other organs. But the doses don't necessarily have to be in large amounts. Some people have weak hearts or neurological problems that can't take the ups and downs caused by club drugs, especially if they are taken while drinking alcoholic beverages.

Do club drugs affect self control? Yes! Sexual assault, date rape, physical assault, verbal abuse, and other occurrences have been attributed to the use of club drugs. It can have a negative affect on the person taking the drug and also on people who come in contact with that person.

Can a person take a club drug without knowing it? Yes! Certain club drugs such as GHB and Rohypnol are sedatives that are sometimes put in drinks or food to render a person unconscious or to immobilize them. If the drug is put in a drink or in food, the person can't see or taste it. They can be easily raped or physically assaulted, and sometimes murdered.

How can you tell if someone is high on club drugs? Some people react to drugs differently than others but there are tell-tale signs such as:

  • Repeating the same things over and over again.
    Loss of focus or short attention spans.
    Can't remember doing things they just did.
    Acting confused and lethargic
    Not sleeping well.
    Unusually hyper or depressed.
    Slurred speech.
    Dizziness or fainting spells.
    Loss of coordination.

What should I do if I have a friend or family member who is taking club drugs? The best thing to do is to urge them to get help immediately or tell someone who can intervene such as a parent, teacher counselor, or doctor.

Where can I get information about drug abuse and addiction? Visit these website's, www.freevibe.com or www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov to get information about drugs abuse and addiction. They offer a wide array of options about getting help. You can also get information by calling this toll free number, 800-729-6686 or linea gratis en espanol 877-767-8432.

 

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