“Club Drug” is a vague term that refers to a wide variety of drugs that are used at all night dance parties known as “Raves”. The types of “club drugs” include but are not limited to: GHB, Rohypnol, Ecstasy, Ketamine, Methamphetamine and LSD. While Methamphetamine and LSD have been abused for a number of years, GHB, Rohypnol, Ecstasy and Ketamine are relative newcomers on the drug scene. These drugs emerged in the early 1990’s as part of the “Rave” scene. The “Rave” scene started among students attending high school so the drugs were initially abused in the Under 21 clubs. Since the drugs have been abused for the past 10 years or so, the age of the users has increased from those attending high school to those attending college.
These club drugs may be appear to the user as a safe high, but in reality the opposite is true. These drugs can cause a wide range of unwanted effects such as: paranoia, hallucinations, amnesia and in some extreme cases death. Some of these club drugs are odorless, tasteless, and colorless and can easily be slipped into beverages. These drugs are now associated with sexual assaults. We have a new vernacular involving club drugs and sexual assault — “Date Rape Drugs”.
You are now a student in the college environment. It is incumbent upon you to fully inform yourself of the possible dangers you may face while attending school. Look at all the information provided to you from your University Police, Health Services and Counseling Services. An informed decision is an educated decision. Isn’t that why you are at school to begin with? Educated decisions are the basis for taking positive actions in your life. Don’t make a decision you may regret later in life.