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In the recent past our nation has noticed alarming increases in the popularity of some very dangerous substances known collectively as club drugs This term refers to drugs being used by young adults at all-night dance parties like raves dance clubs and bars MDMA ecstasy GHB Rohypnol and Ketamine are some of the club drugs gaining popularity Perhaps the drug with the highest increase in popularity is MDMA or ecstasy In slang or street names the drug is also called XTC X Adam Clarity and Rolls among numerous other names Chemically MDMA is similar to the stimulant amphetamine and the hallucinogen mescaline MDMA can produce both stimulant and psychedelic effects Ecstasy is a drug relatively new to the streets so its effects and hazards are just beginning to be uncovered and they are scary MDMA usually taken in a tablet or capsule has effects that last approximately 3-6 hoursthough confusion depression sleep problems anxiety and paranoia have been reported to occur even weeks after the drug is taken especially with long term use MDMA may also lead to heart attacks strokes and seizures in some users as well as long term memory loss due to its neurotoxic effects Neurotoxicity refers to MDMAs ability to damage neurons that release serotonin in the brain consequently resulting in memory loss and other functions Another dangerous club drug prominent on the streets is GHB which carries street names of G Liquid G Liquid Ecstasy and Swerve GHB can be produced in clear liquid white powder tablet and capsule forms and is often used in combination with alcohol making it even more dangerous GHB has been increasingly involved in poisonings overdoses date rape and fatalities GHB is usually abused for its intoxicatingsedativeeuphoric properties or for its hormone-releasing effects which can build muscles GHB is a central nervous system depressant At higher doses it can slow breathing and heart rate to dangerous levels to the point of eventual coma or
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