Despite their festive-sounding name, club/party drugs are among the most dangerous class of substances. They include a wide variety of drugs that are often sold and used in nightclubs and parties. One of the most well-known examples of a club/party drug is Ecstasy, which in the 1980s became a popular drug at “raves”, or all-night dance parties. Other club/party drugs are Rohypnol, Ketamine, GHB or Liquid Ecstasy, and hallucinogens including LSD, magic mushrooms and PCP.
One of the reasons these drugs are so dangerous is that they are chemically made in illegal laboratories that do not follow any health or safety standards. Nor is there any consistent formula for the manufacture of the drugs. There are many unscrupulous drug makers who mix the drugs with cheaper substances that may be poisonous. Users have no real way of knowing exactly what they are taking or what the effects will be.
As with most drugs, users have to take club/party drugs in ever-increasing amounts in order to achieve the desired effects. Club/party drug addiction is particularly harmful because many of these drugs, even when taken in small doses, can alter the chemistry of the user’s brain by triggering a higher-than-normal level of serotonin. This can have some far-reaching long-term consequences.