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Party Substances and How They Affect You
Addiction is a disease that has affected millions of lives worldwide. The disorder spreads irrespective of gender and vandalizes every age group. However, current trends show that teenagers and young adults are more likely to fall prey to addiction. The urge to party and visit clubs on weekends has exposed addiction to even this sensitive age group. It is a chronic brain disease that affects the structure and functioning of a healthy brain. Any exposure to harmful substances at an early age could lead to serious damage to one’s brain’s structure.
The drugs that are frequently used by teenagers are often called party or club drugs and the reason is pretty obvious. These drugs are highly addictive and are popular in raves, nightclubs, dance clubs, or general parties. They are often referred to as designer drugs because of their use at fancy events. Since all these drugs are illegally produced, it is difficult to know about their strength and composition making it extremely harmful for young people. The reason why teenagers are at more risk than others is that their brain is still in the developing phase. Introducing it to substances as dangerous as party drugs may result in long-term dependence.
What are the types of party drugs?
There are various types of party drugs that are quite popular among youngsters. Some of these drugs are illicit whereas some are prescription drugs with legitimate medical use. These are again obtained illegally for the sole purpose of serving in the parties as club drugs.
Following are the different types of party drugs and how harmful they can be:
MDMA aka Ecstasy
One of the most common drugs at nightclubs and parties is MDMA. The drug is effective in enhancing the party experience and makes people feel very happy and contained. The other name of this drug, ecstasy, comes from its ability to trigger certain senses that makes the user feel pleasurable and loving. People who are under the influence of MDMA feel like everything is wonderful.
Although overdose-related deaths from MDMA are rare, it can still have side effects that can last long. Hyperthermia is the most common and worse effect of this drug which when combined with dehydration, may even result in kidney failure or muscle deterioration. During long bingeing periods and using it with alcohol can have dangerous effects such as:
- Anxiety and restlessness.
- Aggressive traits with impulsive behavior.
- Chills and teeth grinding.
- Irregular heartbeat.
- An abnormal increase in body temperature (hyperthermia).
- Extreme cases may result in kidney or even heart failure.
Ketamine enters the body and makes the individual feel detachment from the self and the outside world. Forget higher doses, even smaller amounts of ketamine can produce sedation and a trans-like feeling. This party drug makes the individual lost as they sit and stare at nothingness.
Higher doses are even more dangerous for this drug. Individuals experience what is called a K-hole where along with extreme disassociation, they feel auditory and visual hallucinations. High doses can make people unresponsive and unable to move. This state has to be closely monitored as it is near to an overdose. Since it causes self-disassociation, people have been known to commit suicide while being high on ketamine.
Side effects of ketamine:
- Hallucinations and confusion.
- Difficulty thinking and acting rationally.
- Poor mind-body coordination.
- Dilated pupils.
- Slurred speech and numbness.
- Slow heartbeat
- Nausea and discomfort.
- Loss of appetite and an upset stomach.
Gamma HydroxyButyrate (GHB)
This party drug is also associated with cases of sexual assault and rape. The reason why it is sometimes also referred to as a rape drug. The drug is illegally manufactured and prepared as an odorless and colorless liquid. Because of its liquid form, the drug is quickly absorbed by the body, and the individual experiences the high within 20-40 minutes.
Low doses have mild effects on the body, whereas moderate doses may cause the person to vomit, experience dizziness, drowsiness, vertigo, and even amnesia. Higher doses of GHB are deadly and can result in unconsciousness or even coma.
Side effects of GHB:
- Depressed breathing
- May also result in a coma.
- Socially inhibited.
- Behavioral changes.
LSD is a hallucinogen used primarily for its vivid visual cues. The drug alters an individual’s feelings, sensations, and perceptions. LSD does not have addictive traits, however, continued use may result in negative hallucinations which are most commonly referred to as bad trips. These bad experiences may cause the following effects:
- Suicidal thoughts.
- Hopelessness and low motivation.
- Panic attacks
- Aggression and irritability.
- Delusional thoughts.
Most popularly known as meth, this is a highly addictive drug with several dangerous effects on the body. People high on meth feel they can do anything and are invincible. Although the high from meth doesn’t last long, it causes the addicts or the users to take more to continue experiencing the euphoric effects. The drug is prepared in illicit labs and is quite popular amongst teens and young people.
- Degrading teeth
- Acute weight loss
- Confusion and irritability
- Violent behavior
- Constant mood swings
- Anxiety and panic attacks.
Although the drug is illegal in many areas, it is still used to treat insomnia considering its sedative effects. The drug similarly affects the body to alcohol. It causes drowsiness and causes bad mind-body coordination. High doses of Rohypnol can cause unconsciousness and also makes people forget about the events that took place when they were high. This makes it a highly dangerous and effective rape drug.
Symptoms include respiratory depression, gastric problems, nausea, and dizziness.
Addiction is not good for anyone, especially teenagers. Any exposure to drugs such as LSD, Rohypnol, GHB, etc., can cause aggressive traits and unusual behaviors to take over the individual. Despite these drugs being physically deteriorating, they are also bad for one’s mental health. And since the teens are just starting out, these drugs can have a severe impact on their lives. Thus, it becomes crucial to have proper guidance and education about the use and harmful tendencies of such drugs.
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