BLAINEHELPS → A GUIDE ABOUT "CLUB" DRUGS
So you’ve made your character have a drug addition? Here’s a couple of more known “club” drugs and their effects + withdrawal symptoms. Please remember I am not a doctor, nor claiming to be one. I’m just a kid with bowties.
1. Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) — MORE INFORMATION.
Street names: Ecstasy, E, X, XTC, Adam, Clarity, Lover’s Speed
An amphetamine-based, hallucinogenic type drug that is taken orally, usually in a tablet or capsule form.
- Lasts 3-6 hours.
- Enables dancers to dance for long periods of time.
- Increases the chances of dehydration, hyper tension, heart or kidney failure, and increased body temperature, which can lead to death.
- Long-term effects include confusion, depression, sleep problems, anxiety, paranoia, and loss of memory.
- THIS IS A NON-ADDICTIVE DRUG. Sure, if the drug is mixed with another drug it can become very addicting, but MDMA on its own is not addicting— therefore no withdrawals here kids.
2. Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) — MORE INFORMATION.
Street names: Grievous Bodily Harm, G, Liquid Ecstasy, Georgia Home Boy
A central nervous system depressant that is usually ingested in liquid, powder, tablet, and capsule forms.
- May last up to 4 hours, depending on the dose used.
- Slows breathing and heart rates to dangerous levels.
- Also has sedative and euphoric effects that begin up to 10-20 minutes from ingestion.
- Use in connection with alcohol increases its potential for harm.
- Addicts are known to have trouble sleeping, insomnia and headaches.
- Overdose can occur quickly-sometimes death occurs.
The symptoms of GHB withdrawals begin in as little as an hour after the last use. They can last from five to 15 days, depending on the amount of GHB used and the frequency of use. Addicts going through GHB withdrawals have reported increases in heart rate and blood pressure, hallucinations, nausea, sweating, agitation and even psychotic episodes. The withdrawal symptoms that GHB addicts experience are more severe than many drugs. But these symptoms can be overcome with treatment.
3. Methamphetamine — MORE INFORMATION.
Street names: Speed, Ice, Chalk, Meth, Crystal, Crank, Fire, Glass
A central nervous system stimulant, often found in pill, capsule, or powder form, that can be snorted, injected, or smoked.
- Displays signs of agitation, excited speech, lack of appetite, and increased physical activity.
- Often results in drastic weight loss, violence, psychotic behavior, paranoia, and sometimes damage to the heart or nervous system.Meth Withdrawals:Research shows that meth withdrawal consists of two phases. The first phase is most intense during the first 24 hours after you last use meth, and gradually gets less intense over the course of about two weeks. The second phase is less intense, and lasts for about another two to three weeks. Sometimes meth users experience withdrawal symptoms for months, known as post acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS). Some smyptoms include, but are not limited to:
- Inactivity and Sleepiness
- Meth Cravings
- Carbohydrate Cravings
- Depressed Mood
- Psychotic Symptoms
4. Ketamine — MORE INFORMATION.
Street names: Special K, K, Vitamin K, Cat Valium, Lady K, Kit Kat
An injectable anesthetic used primarily by veterinarians, found either in liquid form or as a white powder that can be snorted or smoked, sometimes with marijuana.
- Causes reactions similar to those of PCP, a hallucinatory drug.
- Results in impaired attention, learning, and memory function. In larger doses, it may cause delirium, amnesia, impaired motor function, high blood pressure, and depression.Ketamine Withdrawals:Ketamine does not appear to produce physical withdrawal symptoms in chronic users. There are anecdotal reports of tension, twitchiness, poor attention span, and restlessness in abstinent long term users, but this may be due more to the sedative norketamine (a breakdown product of ketamine) lingering in the blood stream.
5. Rohypnol — MORE INFORMATION.
Street names: Roofies, Rophies, Roche, Forget-me Pill
Tasteless and odorless sedative, easily soluble in carbonated beverages, with toxic effects that are aggravated by concurrent use of alcohol.
- Can cause anterograde amnesia, which contributes to Rohypnol’s popularity as a “date rape” drug.
- Can cause decreased blood pressure, drowsiness, visual disturbances, dizziness, and confusion.Rohypnol’s withdrawals:Withdrawal symptoms from Rohypnol are similar to those of alcohol, and they last longer and are more uncomfortable than those of narcotic drugs. The physical withdrawal takes about a week to complete and peaks after a few days, although residual symptoms like insomnia, mood swings and light sensitivity can last over a year. There are potentially fatal dangers associated with stopping Rohypnol use too abruptly which is why it is best to have a medical staff oversee withdrawal from the drug. This safer method helps minimize such unpleasant symptoms as nightmares, spasms, anxiety and panic attacks.
6. Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD) — MORE INFORMATION.
Street names: Acid, Boomers, Yellow Sunshines
Hallucinogen that causes distortions in sensory perception, usually taken orally either in tablet or capsule form. Often sold on blotter paper that has been saturated with the drug.
- Are often unpredictable and may vary depending on dose, environment, and the user.
- Causes dilated pupils, higher body temperature, increased heart rate and blood pressure, sweating, dry mouth, and tremors.
- Can cause numbness, weakness, and nausea.
- Long-term effects may include persistent psychosis and hallucinogenic persisting perception disorder, commonly known as “flashbacks.”LSD Withdrawals:For LSD, the term withdrawal does not have the same meaning as for drugs that are habit-forming or addictive. While LSD use can rapidly lead to tolerance, it is not addictive. The amount of pleasure-releasing dopamine is much less in LSD than other addictive drugs such as heroin. Nonetheless, the effects of this particular drug can cause severe depression from setting in once usage is stopped. This and the mental addiction to drugs are the processes with which to go through during withdrawal from LSD.
Know the Signs of Club Drugs!
Effects of stimulant club drugs, such as MDMA and Methamphetamine:
- Increased heart rate
- Extreme rise in body temperature
- Uncontrollable movements
- Impaired speech
- High blood pressure
- Grinding teeth
Effects of sedative/hallucinogenic club drugs, such as GHB, Ketamine, LSD, and Rohypnol:
- Slow breathing
- Decreased heart rate (Except LSD)
- Respiratory problems