Some kids introduced to substances at a party go on to abuse these same drugs in different situations.
Kids who use club drugs at raves may have no idea what they’re taking. They ingest their drugs:
- In handfuls. They’re handed pills by friends or strangers, and they swallow anything they’re given.
- In drinks. Some club drugs dissolve in water, and they are odorless and tasteless. Would-be rapists choose their victims and slip the substances into open cups.
- Via dealers. Rave drug suppliers may tell users what they’re selling. Their pills may contain something different.
The consequences can be catastrophic. During one rave-like music festival in California in 2019, 49 people were taken to emergency rooms. Some had simple heat exhaustion. But plenty of these concertgoers were experiencing problems due to drug use.
Some people who are introduced to club drugs at raves get hooked on them. Cocaine, for example, can cause dramatic brain changes after just one dose. People who use the drug at a party may take several hits to keep the high going, and they may keep on taking the substance when the action is over.
Methamphetamine is similarly addictive. It doesn’t take long for a problem to form.
Examples of Club Drugs
Anything you’re served at a party could be called a club drug. But in general, researchers consider club drugs substances that boost energy, offer hallucinogenic properties, enhance a sense of connection, or all three.
Examples of classic club drugs include: