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The Hidden Dangers of Ecstasy

ecstasy pillI was just reading an article about Ecstasy – actually, it was about pills SOLD as Ecstasy. It’s long been known that these pills could contain just about anything. Methamphetamine, heroin, caffeine, inert fillers or it could actually contain methylenedioxymethamphetamine. Otherwise known as MDMA or Ecstasy.

Pills sold at music festivals, raves or nightclubs have completely unpredictable ingredients. So much so that organizations have sprung up just to test pills for partygoers and assure them that the pills were “pure.” Of course, that label overlooks the fact that some people die after consuming pure Ecstasy, so “purity” is no guarantee of safety.

That said, there is a recent trend toward the inclusion of a very dangerous drug in these pills. That drug is PMA – Para-Methoxyamphetamine. You can see that it is chemically somewhat similar to MDMA. But it is even more dangerous than MDMA. Continue reading

Clubbing and Drug Abuse

drug use in nightclubsDo you have a son or daughter or maybe a friend who spends a lot of time going to nightclubs or dance clubs? Then the chances are very good that they are using drugs as well. Probably a combination of drugs which increases their risk of harm or even death.

 

The drugs used at these clubs, similar events like music festivals and especially Spring Break trips include:
• Alcohol
• Marijuana
• Ecstasy
• Methamphetamine
• LSD
• Ketamine
• GHB
• Cocaine
• And the many different new synthetic drugs on the market.

What makes things even worse is that many young people abuse multiple drugs – either all at once or in rapid succession so that all the drugs are active in their bodies at one time. This is an extremely risky habit that results in death far too often. Continue reading

Why Are We Writing about Ketamine?

10 things about ketamine bookletWe have just released a new educational booklet on ketamine, a drug that people abuse and become addicted to. You may not have heard much about this drug so why are we writing about it?

In some circles, it’s quite a popular drug. Young people who attend raves or nightclubs are very likely to know about it and have tried it.  Ketamine is also heavily abused in urban areas in the US and Canada, in the UK and especially in Southern Asia. In Hong Kong and Taiwan, many people are becoming addicted and suffering great physical harm from abusing this drug. When the user mixes ketamine with Ecstasy, as is very popular in Asia, the physical damage can be terrible.

To help our friends at home and abroad, we have created an easy-to-read booklet on ketamine. I hope you will take a look at it and learn more about this drug. If you have young friends who might be susceptible to using this drug, share the information with them. The kind of damage that can occur includes destruction of one’s bladder, requiring surgery to remove it entirely. The bladder damage can affect the kidneys, possibly resulting in kidney failure as well.

Here’s the link to this new booklet: http://www.narconon.org/drug-abuse/10-facts-about-ketamine.html

If you know someone who has been affected by ketamine abuse or the use of any kind of drug, please feel free to call us to get information on how this drug may be harming them or how they can recover from addiction. Call 1-800-775-8750.

Rehab for Club Drugs

“Club drugs” refers to a category of drugs that are often used at parties, nightclubs, dance clubs and large musical events directed at young attendees. This class of drug includes mostly synthetic drugs of recent origin, while more familiar drugs like cocaine, marijuana and alcohol are also widely used at these venues.

The most popular club drugs are ones like Ecstasy, GHB, mephedone and ketamine. Older drugs like LSD and PCP may also be used but less often.

Ecstasy is the most popular and well-known drug. It is addictive, sometimes quickly so, and can cause death when a person overheats. It is a similar stimulant to methamphetamine, and as a stimulant, causes an increase in heart rate and body temperature. Party venues know this and offer bottles of cold water at high prices and even “chill rooms” with lower temperatures where dancers can go to bring their temperatures down.

One of the biggest problems created by Ecstasy is that the user experiences increased tactical pleasure and a false sense of closeness to others. This very often leads to unplanned, risky sex with a person the user only just met. One young woman would go to dance clubs where a man would give her Ecstasy. She would soon feel like she loved the man and he was “the one” for her. She would sleep with him and then the next morning, wonder why she had done that. But because the drug was addictive, the next night, she would repeat the pattern.

GHB is a dissociative drug, meaning that one loses touch with one’s surroundings and the people in it. It’s ironic that one of the nicknames for the drug is “Grievous Bodily Harm.” A video available on the internet showed a young man on GHB flailing his body around on concrete without regard for injury, while his friends stood by and watched, simply stepping out of the way when he rolled his body in their direction.

There’s one additional problem with these drugs. As they are synthetics, all a chemist has to do is change one molecule of the formula and they have a slightly different drug that may circumvent the laws. For the moment, that drug may be legal. Legislatures in many US states and European countries scramble to keep up with the chemical formulas, sometimes just resorting to outlawing classes or types of drugs so they don’t have to outlaw every single formula as it comes on the market.

Achieve a Lasting Drug-free Life at a Narconon Drug Rehab Center

Just like with heroin and cocaine or alcohol, when a person becomes addicted to club drugs, they need drug rehab. For most people recovering from addiction, a long-term program provides the best assurance of lasting sobriety. Experience at Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers has shown that drugs are not needed for a complete recovery. The club drug addict can achieve a lasting drug-free life when a thorough program like the one at Narconon facilities addresses the cravings, shattered life skills, destroyed self respect and replaces them with integrity and the ability to achieve sober goals. There are no Narconon meetings to attend. We do not believe addiction is a disease.

If you know someone who is using club drugs or any other drugs, call a Narconon drug rehab center today. You can help them to get back on the right track.