Commonly Used Illegal Drugs – Club Drugs

Commonly Used Club Drugs

Club drugs are a group of psychoactive drugs that take their name from their popularity at nightclubs, concerts, bars, and all-night dance parties. Club drugs are also commonly called designer drugs, as most are synthesized in a lab.

Generally used by teens and young adults, the majority of club drug use is limited to specific places, events, and activities where the drugs are thought to improve the overall experience or solicit a certain response.

The most common club drugs are Ecstasy, GHB, Ketamine, and Rohypnol.  All of these drugs act on the body’s central nervous system to produce a sense of euphoria, reduced inhibitions, heighten emotional and sensory feelings, and hallucinogenic effects.  But not all club drugs are the same.

Club drugs like ecstasy are stimulants that increase energy; GHB and Rohypnol, also known as date rape drugs, are depressants that create extreme feelings of relaxation, impaired movement, amnesia, and unconsciousness.  Ketamine is a dissociative drug which produces a feeling of detachment from thoughts, identity and environment, and a separation from the body.

Abusing any of these drugs can cause serious health problems and the potential for death.

The following is a closer look at the most commonly used club drugs; their street names; how they’re administered; and their short and long-term health effects.

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What is Ecstasy?  Ecstasy is the common name for MDMA, a synthetic stimulant that also produces hallucinogenic effects. Typically sold as a small coloured pill stamped with a logo or cartoon, Ecstasy’s effects last about three to six hours.

Street Names: E, X, XTC, Molly, Hug Drug, Love Drug, Hug, Adam, Beans, Clarity, Disco Biscuit, Lover’s Speed, Rolls, Scooby Snacks, Candy, Happy Pill, Malcolm or Malcolm X, Doves, Skittles, E-Bomb, Egg Rolls, Smartees, Vowels, Vitamin E or Vitamin X

Administered: swallowed, snorted, smoked, injected, as a suppository

Short Term Health Effects of Ecstasy Use: increased blood pressure and heart rate, lack of appetite, dehydration, trouble sleeping, memory problems, nausea, jaw clenching, teeth grinding, dry mouth, chills, sweating, blurred vision, muscle cramping, fainting, heightened sensitivity, euphoria, increasing energy, diminished inhibitions, heightened sexual arousal, followed by irritability, aggression, depression, anxiety, hallucinations, and paranoia.

Long-Term Health Effects from Ecstasy Abuse: memory loss, psychosis, seizures, liver damage brain damage, kidney failure, cardiovascular collapse, heart failure, and death.



What is GHB? GHB is short for gamma-hydroxybutyric acid, a central nervous system depressant available as a liquid, pill, capsule or powder. Known as a date rape drug, GHB has no odor or taste.  Its effects can last up to four hours per dose.

Street Names: G, G-Caps, Liquid Ecstasy, Liquid X, Gamma-Oh, Georgia Home Boy, Grievous Bodily Harm, Liquid G, Salty Water, Fantasy, Soap, Scoop, Everclear

Administered: swallowed, snorted, smoked, injected, as a suppository

Short Term Health Effects of GHB Use: relaxation, drowsiness, decreased blood pressure and heart rate, dizziness, headache, confusion, loss of coordination, slowed breathing, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, euphoria, diminished inhibitions, heightened sensitivity, heightened sexual arousal, impaired judgement, aggressive behaviour, hallucinations, amnesia, unconsciousness, and coma.

Long-Term Health Effects from GBH Abuse: memory loss, cognitive issues, psychosis, seizures, respiratory arrest, liver failure, heart attack, stroke, and death.



What is Ketamine? Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic primarily used in veterinary medicine, and human anesthesia.  Ketamine is frequently stolen from veterinary clinics and sold on the streets as a liquid or powder for recreational use or as a date rape drug.  It’s hallucinogenic effects only last about an hour but it can impair a person’s judgement, perception and coordination for much longer.

Street Names: K, Special K, Vitamin K, Super K, Jet, Cat Valium, Cat Tranquilizer, Kit Kat, Super Acid, Honey Oil, Purple, Special La Coke

Administered: swallowed, snorted, smoked, injected, as a suppository

Short Term Health Effects of Ketamine Use: increased blood pressure, drowsiness, dizziness, numbness, weakness, loss of coordination, burred vision, garbled speech, increased urination, confusion, forgetfulness, impaired judgement, rapid heart rate, nausea, vomiting, euphoria, delirium, nightmares, amnesia, aggressive behaviour, delirium, hallucinations,

 Long-Term Health Effects from Ketamine Abuse: flashbacks, muscle rigidity, incontinence, memory loss, cognitive issues, seizures, kidney problems, bladder damage, heart problems, brain damage, and death.



What is Rohypnol? Rohypnol is the trade name for the drug flunitrazepam, a type of benzodiazepine similar to Xanax or Valium.  Used as a medication in some countries to treat severe insomnia, Rohypnol is illegal in Canada and the US where it is known as the original date rape drug. Rohynopol’s tranquilizing effects can cause instant unconsciousness and amnesia that last up to six hours; and residual effects, including disorientation and memory loss, for 12 hours.  Rohypnol is most commonly sold in pill form.

Street Names: Roofies or Rophies, Rope, Forget Pill, Forget Me Pill, La Rocha, Circles, R2, Roach 2, Roche, Roaches, Lunch Money, Rib, Ruffles, Ropies, Ruffies, Wolfie, Mexican Valium

Administered: swallowed, snorted, smoked, injected, as a suppository

Short Term Health Effects of Rohypnol Use: drowsiness, dizziness, confusion, headache, loss of coordination, muscle weakness, slurred speech, blurred vision, loss or increase in appetite, difficulty breathing, skin rash, urinary retention, nausea, diarrhea, tremors, impaired judgement, amnesia, nightmares, unconsciousness, and coma.

Long-Term Health Effects from Rohypnol Abuse: insomnia, memory loss, cognitive issues, respiratory depression, brain damage, and death.

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