Club Drug Facts

A genre of drugs is more popular than ever with today's teenagers and college aged youth. These substances are typically referred to as club drugs, which is an expression generated from their use at underground parties, night clubs, bars and concerts. Most club drugs are also known as designer drugs, with reference to the fact that the majority of the substances are synthetic as opposed to found naturally. These drugs are psychoactive in nature and are often mixed with other substances to reach a desired effect.

Common Types Of Club Drugs

These drugs have been prevalent in the party scene since around the 1980’s. These are the most popular club drugs:

  •  Methamphetamine
  •  Ecstasy
  •  Lyseric acid diethylamide acid (LSD)
  • Rohypnol
  • Phencyclidine (PHP)
  • Gamma-hydroxybutyric (GHB)
  • Ketamine
  • Methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA)
  • Ritalin

How Club Drugs Are Abused

Club drugs vary in ways that they are ingested. It is common for people to disguise their drugs by storing them in Pez dispensers, Skittles or Tootsie Rolls. They are usually taken orally in pill form or by mixing them with a beverage. However, some drugs are snorted or injected because they can get into the bloodstream quickly.

Effects Of Club Drugs

Depending on the drug that is taken, there are multiple side effects that may become apparent while intoxicated as well as after the drug has been metabolized.

  • Some drugs have the affect of a sedative resulting in fatigue and even a coma state.
  • Amnesia is a common symptom of someone that has taken these drugs. Individuals may not remember instances that occurred while under the influence.
  • Distorted perceptions of sound and sight that create feelings of detachment from the world around them.
  • Attention impairment during and after intoxication.
  • Dream-like states of hallucinations and delirium while intoxicated.

Predatory Drugs

Predatory drug is a term that was coined by the DEA to classify drugs that are typically used in sexual assault. The three main drugs that law enforcements have noticed to be prevalent in these types of cases include rohylpnol, kentamine and GHB. The dangers of predatory drugs are:  

  • Victims often are unaware that they have consumed the drug. They are often dissolved in drinks, and are tastless and odorless.
  • They have severely inebriating effects. Temporary paralysis and memory loss can occur, rendering victims incapable of defending themselves.
  • These drugs are metabolized quickly and will provide little evidence of assault by the time law enforcement is notified.
  • Memory loss further nullifies evidence of attack.

Are Club Drugs Addictive?

These drugs can have addictive traits. Withdrawal effects have been known to happen if a person takes them regularly or when they are coming down from the effects of an overdose. Tremors, anxiety, and insomnia are common. Many club drugs classify as benzodiazepines, which are can produce physical dependence resulting in an addiction.

Are You Addicted To Club Drugs?

If what started out as recreational drug use is now a consuming addiction and you want to get help, there are drug rehab centers that have programs for people who struggle with club drug addiction. Locating an addiction treatment center that provides services that meet all of your individual needs can be difficult. That is why we provide a 24-hour helpline where you can talk to a specialist about finding the right detox rehab center for you. All we need is basic information about your addiction as well as any personal preferences that you might have.


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