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Types of Club Drugs to Warn Your Teens About

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Many teens are going to experiment with drugs and other risky behavior. It’s a natural part of adolescence. However, research finds that parents who clearly articulate that they disapprove of their teen’s use of drugs have fewer problems than those parents who don’t talk to their teens about drugs.


For this reason, it’s important that teens hear from their parents or caregivers that drugs – especially illicit drugs – can be dangerous. Although teens are attempting to find their independence, they do place value on the thoughts and opinions of their parents.


With this in mind, the following are a list of club drugs that parents should know about. These are drugs that are frequently found in bars, clubs, and parties. And they can be dangerous for a teen’s physical, emotional, and psychological well being.


LSD: Although common in the 60’s, this drug is still widely used among teenagers. It is a hallucinogen, which affects sensory perception and mood. However, its effects once ingested vary upon the amount taken, the environment, and the user’s personality, mood, and expectations. LSD is typically taken by mouth by swallowing a tablet, capsule, liquid, or a blotter paper absorbed with the drug. Its effects include swinging emotions, delusions, hallucinations, and sensations that seem to blend, such as hearing colors or seeing sounds. Although this drug is not considered to be addictive, it is seen as dangerous because of its severe effects on emotions, senses, perception and mental stability.


Methamphetamine (Meth): This drug is a very toxic and addictive substance that can cause severe damage to the brain and central nervous system. Meth can be smoked, snorted, injected, or ingested orally. The high that meth produces includes excited speech, decreased appetite, increased physical activity, and elevated levels of energy. Consequences of meth use include memory loss, aggression, violence, psychotic behavior, and agitation. Meth can also cause irreversible damage to blood vessels in the brain which can lead to strokes. These are only some of the severe health consequences associated with this drug.


MDMA: Also known as Ecstasy, this drug is usually taken orally, in tablet or capsule form, and its effects last 3-6 hours. They are commonly found in clubs, allowing a user to dance for extended periods of time. The drug produces a significant increase in heart rate, blood pressure, and alertness. However, its consequences, such as confusion, depression, sleep disturbance, and anxiety can continued to be experienced even weeks after using the drug. MDMA can be extremely dangerous in high doses.


GHB: Although frequently abused, this drug is actually used to treat narcolepsy, a sleep disorder which causes frequent sleepiness and daytime sleep attacks. It is a depressant that has the positive effects of tranquility, increased sexual drive, and euphoria. Yet, its negative effects on users include nausea, sweating, hallucinations, amnesia; and it can even induce coma. GHB is also known as the “date rape” drug because of its sedative effects and the inability of a user to resist sexual assault.


Ketamine: This is an anesthetic that leads to experiences of dissociation. That is, it produces feelings of distorted perception, detachment from the environment, and a detachment from oneself. Its effects are similar to those of PCP. At a low dose, effects are impaired attention, the development of a learning disability, and memory loss. Higher doses cause dreamlike states, hallucinations, delirium, and amnesia.


Once you know the dangerous effects of these drugs, you can talk to your teen about them. You can warn them about the negative and long-term effects of these drugs. There’s greater probability that a teen will stay away from these drugs if parents clearly say that experimenting with them is not okay.


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