Club drugs is a term that describes a variety of psychoactive drugs that tend to be abused by teens and young adults at nightclubs, parties and concerts. Unbeknownst to the consumer, club drugs are often combined with other dangerous substances and the hangover can induce depression. Further, the mixing of club drugs with alcohol is always dangerous and sometimes fatal. It’s very important for club goers, and family members concerned about drug use at clubs, to know the risks of all the most common drugs found in the party scene.
There has been increasing concern in recent years about the safety of these drugs, especially considering some high profile deaths as a result of using club drugs. Musicians are contributing to the popularization and glamorization of these euphoria-inducing drugs with benign names like “Ecstasy,” often adding lyrics to pop songs that refer to “E.”
Commonly Abused Club Drugs
Ecstasy, the street name of the drug MDMA, creates a burst of serotonin in the user’s brain. This neurotransmitter is responsible for feelings of well-being, happiness, love and sexual arousal. When on this drug, users develop a sense of empathy and a euphoric like feeling and a desire to touch. However, like all drugs, it’s a package deal that comes complete with side effects; ecstasy is notable for the depression that accompanies its hangover.
Molly is a stimulant that is commonly abused amongst clubgoers due to its psychoactive and hallucinogenic properties, which can immerse the person consuming it in a euphoric high. Molly and ecstasy are often confused, but Molly is considered the “pure” form of MDMA while ecstasy is typically combined with other substances.