Colorado Drug Rehab Examines Club Drugs

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COLORADO CLUB DRUGS include a variety of drugs often used at all-night dance parties—trances or raves—bars and dance clubs. Club drugs are cheap to buy and will give you increased stamina and intoxicating highs. Because many of these drugs are colorless, tasteless and odorless, they can be secretly added to your drink to get you high or cause sedation. Please read the remaining materials since Club Drugs are of great danger to anyone that is running in the club/bar scene.

The club drug scene is constantly changing; new variations of drugs appear all of the time. When combined with alcohol, the drugs become even more dangerous. If drugs are mixed together, you put yourself at even greater risk. Ecstasy, for example, is often cut with other drugs like LSD, speed, coke, meth and ketamine. Like other street drugs, the hidden risk is that you don’t really know what you’re buying—or taking. The bottom line is simple: experimenting with club drugs is unpredictable and dangerous.

Club drugs are transported into Colorado in private vehicles, by couriers aboard commercial flights, and via package delivery services. Many club drugs are sold and abused by middle-class, suburban, young adults at raves and nightclubs, and on college campuses. MDMA is increasingly available and abused in Colorado, particularly in the Denver area, where the drug is distributed at a growing number of venues such as college campuses and private parties. The diversion and abuse of pharmaceuticals, especially opioids, is an increasing concern to Colorado. Caucasian criminal groups and local independent dealers are the principal distributors of diverted pharmaceuticals. (ONDCP)

Different club drugs have different effects, such as loss of muscle and motor control, blurred vision and seizures. You might think club drugs are harmless, but that is not true. Club drugs can damage the neurons in your brain, impairing your senses, memory, judgment and coordination. CLUB DRUGS AFFECT YOUR SELF-CONTROL.


Club Drugs

ECSTASY is a stimulant, usually a pill, that combines the effects of amphetamines and hallucinogens. It increases your heart rate and blood pressure and leads to heart or kidney failure. Chronic use has long-lasting negative effects on the brain, especially on memory function and motor skills. More data... Click HERE...

DATE RAPE DRUGS are club drugs like GHB, Rohypnol and Ketamine. They are sedatives that make you unconscious and immobilize you, making you a prime target for sexual assault.

GHB, gamma hydroxy-butyrate is a depressant, slowing down brain and body processes and causing drowsiness, unconsciousness or breathing problems. As the dose increases, the sedative effects may result in sleep and coma or death. GHB is a depressant that occurs naturally in the body and is necessary for full functioning of the brain and central nervous system. GHB analogs are drugs that possess chemical structures that closely resemble GHB. Overdoses of GHB and its analogs can occur quickly; some signs include drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, loss of consciousness, impaired breathing, and occasionally death. These drugs often are used in the commission of drug-facilitated sexual assault because of their sedative effects. Overdoses are common but rarely lethal and can trigger coma. Abusers in some Denver clubs have become so accustomed to overdosing on GHB and becoming unconscious that they write a large "G" on the backs of their hands to inform other dancers not to call for help should they pass out.

GHB and its analogs are not available in most parts of the state. Few counties report ready availability, and many counties report that GHB and its analogs are infrequently, if ever, seized by law enforcement. In Denver GHB and its analogs occasionally are seized during routine traffic stops and rave parties. Despite limited statewide availability, GHB and its analogs are becoming more available in some areas. In Boulder the use of GHB is suspected in several sexual assault cases involving female university students. Almost all of the GHB abused in Colorado is produced in the state. GHB producers typically make enough of the drug to supply themselves and several friends for a short period of time--1 to 2 days--so that little distribution occurs. GHB is commonly sold for $5 to $10 per dose. GHB analogs are available at some disreputable health food stores, gyms, and via the Internet.

ROHYPNOL is the brand name of the drug flunitrazepam. Rohypnol is a central nervous system depressant causing sedative-hypnotic effects, muscle relaxation and a kind of amnesia—you may not remember what you said or did while under its effects. It is tasteless and odorless and it mixes easily in carbonated beverages.

KETAMINE was developed as an anesthetic for surgeries and can be snorted or injected. It makes you lose complete control of your body. It causes unconsciousness, delirium, hallucinations, numbing and amnesia. It can also cause agitation, violence, confusion and difficulty hearing, understanding or speaking. High blood pressure and potentially fatal breathing difficulties are real risks. Ketamine lowers the heart rate and can lead to oxygen starvation in the brain and muscles. Ketamine overdose can be fatal. Ketamine, also known as K, special K, vitamin K, and cat valium, ketamine presents an increasing threat to Colorado. The drug is an injectable anesthetic that is approved for both human and animal use. Ketamine is sold commercially and is produced in liquid, powder, and tablet forms. The liquid form is injected intramuscularly. In its powdered form, ketamine can be mistaken for cocaine or methamphetamine and often is snorted or smoked with marijuana or tobacco products.

Low-dose intoxication from ketamine may result in impaired attention, learning ability, and memory; dissociation, which includes out-of-body and near-death experiences; and hallucinations. High doses of ketamine can cause delirium, amnesia, impaired motor function, high blood pressure, depression, and potentially fatal respiratory problems. Ketamine gained popularity among drug abusers in the 1980s when it was discovered that large doses caused reactions similar to those experienced with PCP.

Ketamine reportedly is increasing in popularity among abusers at raves throughout the state, but few law enforcement agencies report that ketamine is available in their jurisdictions. Abusers typically commit burglaries of veterinary clinics and hospitals to acquire the drug for personal use. In an attempt to deter burglars, pharmacies, veterinary clinics, and veterinary hospitals in many counties, including Boulder, El Paso, and Larimer, have posted signs stating that they do not stock ketamine. Ketamine is also available from sources in Mexico. The Larimer County Drug Task Force reports that ketamine from Mexico is routinely encountered, particularly around the campus of Colorado State University in Fort Collins. The Grand-Routt-Moffat Counties Narcotic Enforcement Team (GRAMNET)--with jurisdiction over Grand, Routt, Moffat, and Jackson Counties--reports that retail quantities of ketamine from Mexico are available for purchase from Mexican criminal groups. There were five nonfatal overdoses of ketamine in the task force area in 2001. Law enforcement chemists in Denver have discovered ketamine in tablets seized or purchased by law enforcement that were marketed as MDMA.

METHAMPHETAMINE is often made in home laboratories. Meth is highly addictive and use can cause serious health concerns, including memory loss, aggression, violence, psychotic behavior and heart problems. Meth can be swallowed, snorted, injected or smoked. Injecting is the riskiest method. More data.. Click HERE...

Psilocybin. Also known as cubes, liberty caps, magic mushrooms, mushies, mushrooms, psilocybes, and shrooms, psilocybin is the psychoactive ingredient found in certain mushrooms, notably, two Mexican species--Psilocybe mexicana and Stropharia cubensis. Hallucinogenic mushrooms used in religious ceremonies by the indigenous people of Mexico were considered sacred and were called "God's flesh" by the Aztecs. In the 1950s the active ingredients psilocyn and psilocybin were isolated from the Mexican mushrooms. Psilocyn and psilocybin produce effects similar to those of LSD.

The physical effects of psilocybin can include nausea, vomiting, muscle weakness, yawning, drowsiness, tearing, facial flushing, enlarged pupils, sweating, and lack of coordination. The chemical takes effect within 20 to 30 minutes and lasts about 6 hours depending on dosage. Other physical effects include dizziness, diarrhea, dry mouth, and restlessness. The psychological and physiological effects of the drug include changes to auditory, visual, and tactile senses. Colors reportedly appear brighter and users report a crossing of the senses, for example, seeing a sound and hearing a color.

Psilocybin has been abused in Colorado for decades and is the most frequently encountered hallucinogen in the state. A number of law enforcement agencies in Colorado describe psilocybin availability in their jurisdictions as "constant." Psilocybin mushrooms are grown in various parts of Colorado. Many individuals in Colorado grow their own psilocybin mushrooms from kits legally obtained from counterculture groups. Criminal groups in Simla supply psilocybin mushrooms to the Denver metropolitan area. Boulder is reportedly a hub for psilocybin distribution throughout the western United States. DEA reports that an entrenched organization in Boulder distributed 400 to 500 pounds of psilocybin mushrooms per month for at least a decade at prices ranging from $600 to $800 per pound. The organization was dismantled in June 2002, and two psilocybin production sites were seized. (NDIC)

SPEED can be swallowed, snorted, smoked, or injected. Swallowing is the safest method of using speed. The effects come on gradually and last longer than with other methods. Snorting speed takes effect faster than swallowing but it can damage the nose. Smoking speed takes effect immediately and can more easily lead to addiction.

Caution to Anyone in the Club Drug Scene

Like other street drugs, club drugs are illegal and often produced in makeshift laboratories. It is impossible to know exactly what chemicals were used to produce them. High doses of club drugs can cause severe breathing problems, coma or even death. Club drugs can be addictive.
Dancing or other high-energy activities on club drugs can cause dehydration from sweating. This can lead to a heart attack or stroke, even in young people. If you have muscle cramps, feel confused or are very hot, but are not sweating, you may be dehydrated. You should rest and drink lots of water.
Mixing club drugs together or with alcohol is extremely unpredictable and dangerous. The effects of one drug can magnify the effects and risks of another—mixing substances can be lethal.


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