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Club drugs can cause serious health problems and sometimes even death. 

The term "Club Drug" comes from a type of stimulant popularized at parties known as raves or trances. These drugs are also called party drugs, rave drugs and designer drugs, but its most popular name is Ecstasy. 

The number one "club drug" is ecstasy. Different club drugs will have different effects on the body. Some of these drugs are classified as stimulants, while others are depressants. Although they are all different, they may have some common effects such as loss of muscle and motor control, blurred vision and seizures. 

Club drugs are often made in home labs, created by man-made chemicals. It is impossible to know exactly what chemicals are being used and how strong or potent each drug is. When combined with alcohol, club drugs can be even more dangerous. The effects of one drug can magnify the effects and risks of another, with the possibility of it becoming lethal.

Did you know?

  • Ecstasy can cause muscle tension, teeth clenching, nausea, and blurred vision.
  • The stimulant effects of ecstasy, which enables users to dance for a long periods, may also lead to increase in body temperature, dehydration, heart failure, kidney failure, strokes and seizures.
  • Ecstasy can also cause the body to overheat, water poisoning from drinking excessive amounts of water and even death.
  • GHB and Rohypnol are also called the "date rap" drugs because they can make you unconscious and immobilize you.
  • Most club drugs are odorless and tasteless, so you may not realize if someone slipped a club drug into your drink.

Check out these Hawaii & National Stats:

  • According to the 2011 Hawaii Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 9% of Hawaii high school students tried ecstasy at least once.
  • Among high school students surveyed nationally in the 2009 monitoring future study, 4.5 % of 12th graders , 4% of 10th graders, and 1% of 8th graders reported using ecstasy at least once in their life.
  • In 2009, 2.8 million Americans age 12 and older had abused ecstasy at least once in the year prior.

Ecstasy plays a part in the death of a 20-year-old local woman.

See how ecstasy plays a role in taking the life of a 19-year-old.

Predatory Drugs Fact Sheet

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