Teen Club Drug Use and Addiction

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The use of so-called 'club drugs' by teens has been on the rise for a number of years, often at all-night parties or raves. Teens may think these drugs either are safer than other drugs or non-addictive.

It's more likely that they simply think that they are fun and don't consider the dangers of these drugs, especially the danger of mixing them with alcohol.

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Some of the more popular 'Club drugs' or 'recreational drugs' are:

Ecstasy (E, X, Beans):
A CNS stimulant, it grants the user dilated pupils, a feeling of euphoria and increased energy. Ecstasy is generally distributed in pill form, with various imprints to designate 'brands', such as Mitsubishi and Green Triangle
Crystal methamphetamine (Meth, Ice, Glass, Speed)
The powerful CNS stimulant is generally either snorted in small amounts (“bumps” or “key-bumps”) or smoked in glass pipes. Users can be awake for days at a time, and may exhibit behavior known as “tweaking”—the repetitive performance of useless tasks.
GHB (Juice, G, Liquid Ecstasy):
Gamma-hydroxybutyrate comes in liquid form and makes the user feel a little bit drunk, a little bit on ecstasy. Even a small amount can induce coma or death.
Ketamine (K, Special K)
An anesthetic used by veterinarians, taking too much can cause the user to fall into the “K-hole” and exhibit paranoia and delirium.
Rohypnol (Roofie, Roches)
The infamous 'date-rape' drug is odorless, tasteless, and extremely dangerous. It is considered a hypnotic and is part of the benzodiazepine class of medications.

Unfortunately, there will always be some level of drug use among some teens. Whether or not one teen or another uses drugs or becomes addicted may come down to how much they've talked about the dangers of drugs with their parents, and how much their parents have made it clear that there are indeed consequences and that addiction is indeed possible

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