What Are Club Drugs

A wide variety of drugs being used by young people at dance clubs, bars, and all-night dance parties ("trances" or "raves"). These parties are usually held in a clandestine location with high-volume music, high-tech entertainment, and easy access to drugs.

Club drugs are attractive to today's youth because they are inexpensive and produce increased stamina and intoxicating highs. Because many of these drugs are colorless, tasteless, and odorless, they can be secretly added to beverages by individuals who want to intoxicate or sedate others. The most widely used club drugs are; ecstasy, rohypnol, ketamine, GHB, and LSD.

Research has shown that club drugs can have long-lasting negative effects on the brain, especially on memory function and motor skills. When club drugs are combined with alcohol, the effect is intensified, and they become even more dangerous and potentially fatal.