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Club Drugs – The Party's Over

Friday, 01 September 2006 12:00 AM

On the street they may be nicknamed Goop, Scoop, Disco Biscuit, Ecstasy, Roofies, Mexican Valium, R-2, Honey Oil or Super C, and to law enforcement officers they are known as GNB, MDMA, Rohypnol and Ketamine, but collectively they are recognized as club drugs or party drugs.

What are club drugs?

Club drugs is a commonplace phrase for certain illicit substances, primarily synthetic, that are usually found at some nightclubs, bars and "raves" (all-night dance parties).

These drugs are being used by America's youth at raves (also known as "trances"), dance clubs and bars, and sadly, they are quickly gaining in popularity.

To some, these club drugs may seem harmless, but in reality, club drugs can cause serious physical and psychological problems up to and including death!

According to the Department of Justice, what are some of the risks, dangers, statistics and facts associated with the use of club drugs?

How large is the club drug problem? Just take a look at these appalling statistics:

Here are some other alarming club drug facts:

What is law enforcement doing to help combat the club drug problem?

Some communities and police agencies are developing anti-rave initiatives to try to mitigate the use of club drugs. These latest drives include passing new ordinances that establish juvenile curfews and licensing requirements for large public gatherings, as well as enforcing existing fire, health, safety and liquor laws.

For more information on club drugs, check with your medical professional, log on to the Department of Justice's National Criminal Justice Reference Service Web site at www.ncjrs.org and visit the new National Institute on Drug Abuse Web site at www.clubdrugs.org.

Club drugs are serious stuff. Consider this: According to a White House drug policy report, the tasteless and odorless depressants Rohypnol and GHB are often used in the commission of sexual assaults due to their ability to sedate and intoxicate unsuspecting victims! It is critical, therefore, that teens, young adults, and their parents be aware of this swiftly growing menace.

Take the time to do a club drug reality check – today many raves are not just about the music, they may also be a "hornet's nest" for the consumption and abuse of these potentially deadly club drugs.

As they sometimes remark on the all-night party scene, don't make a rave your grave!

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Copyright 2006 by Bruce Mandelblit

Bruce welcomes your thoughts. His e-mail address is: CrimePrevention123@yahoo.com.

Bruce is a nationally known security journalist, as well as a recently retired, highly decorated reserve Law Enforcement Officer.

Bruce writes Staying Safe, a weekly syndicated column covering the topics of security, safety and crime prevention.

Bruce was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel – the state's highest honor – for his public service.

This column is provided for general information purposes only. Please check with your local law enforcement agency and legal professional for information specific to you and your jurisdiction.

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