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Club Drugs Abuse

Ecstasy, Adam, Mexican Valium, G and Georgia home boy are just some of the examples of drugs known as club drugs. As you may have guessed, these drugs are called such because they are commonly distributed in bars, nightclubs and parties which are also frequented by young people. They generally fall under three categories. The first is methylene-dioxy-methamph-etamine or MDMA. It is the active ingredient in commonly used drugs like Ecstasy, Adam, Eve, clarity, peace, lover’s speed and uppers.

Flunitrazepam is the second category of club drugs. It encompasses Rohypnol which commonly goes by the names Mexican Valium, R2, forget me pill, Roche, roach, roofies, roofinol, rophies or rope. The third category is GHB or Gamma-hydroxybutyrate. These drugs are commonly known by such names as G, Georgia home boy, grievous bodily harm, soap, scoop, liquid ecstasy, goop and liquid X.

Both GHB and Rohypnol are odorless, colorless and tasteless drugs that are often combined with alcohol and other drinks. These are the drugs that are usually used to commit date rape or acquaintance rape since they can prevent the victims from resisting the abuse due to the drug’s sedation properties. Both drugs can also be taken orally although latest reports have shown that some have ground up Rohypnol and inhaled it through the nose (a method known as snorting) according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

Addicts who continually use GHB exhibit withdrawal-like symptoms like insomnia, anxiety, sweating, tremors. Using GHB in very high doses can result in sleep, seizures, coma or in the worst case scenario, death. Nausea and difficulty breathing are often the results of GHB used together with alcohol.

Rohypnol also produces tolerance and physical dependence on the drug. It also has a psychological effect on the brain wherein those who are using the drug don’t remember what happened while they were under its influence—a condition known as anterograde amnesia. Rohypnol can also be deadly when it is used together with alcohol and similar substances.

The NIDA says there is very little scientific information available as of yet for individuals who are dependent on club drugs. There are even no detection tests for GHB in emergency rooms and a lot of doctors are not even acquainted with it. As a result, there is a very high possibility that a lot of users on GHB have not been identified. According to case reports, however, GHB dependents do seem to exhibit satisfactory response to treatment even when they presented severe problems when they were first admitted.

As far as Rohypnol is concerned, treatment typically starts with an inpatient detoxification program that can last anywhere from 3 to 5 days. During this time, the patient is intensively monitored for 24 hours inasmuch as the withdrawal symptoms of the drug can be fatal if not medically managed properly.


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