Club Drugs & Street Drugs
When it comes to drugs the bottom line is they are bad. This is overstating the obvious but they are and not just illegal drugs. Prescription drugs can be just a dangerous and just as addictive. For the purposes of this article though, we shall be looking at the differences between street drugs and club drugs regardless of legality.
Club drugs are substances known as “uppers” or “stimulants” and these are generally used to enhance the users’ experience whilst in the club. They can make the music sound clearer, the atmosphere more friendly and generally make their time much more enjoyable. But there are, of course, negative side effects that result from these drugs too.
“Stimulants make people more alert, increase their attention, and raise their blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing. Stimulants come in a variety of forms, including amphetamines, cocaine, and methamphetamines. Prescription medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are also often stimulants.”
Ecstasy is a common club drug. It makes the user feel euphoric and sexually aroused and it gives an extreme sense of love and well being. However, it does have the unwanted side effect of shrinking genitalia.
LSD or Acid is another common club drug but instead of the euphoric feeling, LSD is a hallucinogen and has the ability to completely change the user’s perception of reality known as a “trip”. LSD does not always work positively though, there are times when the trip can be hugely negative.
Legal highs are rife in the club scene. There are many, many types of these and they come under a whole host of names. Just because they are legal though does not make them safe. In fact, they can actually be more dangerous than the illegal ones. Legal highs come in many forms from hallucinogens to mood enhancers and “downers”.
Street drugs can be any type of drug. These are usually dealt in neutral locations in semi public areas (hence the name “street drugs”). One of the most common street drugs is Cannabis but almost anything can be bought if a dealer can be found.
The stereotype for drug dealers and users is that of unkempt teenagers or young adults who live their life in a drug induced haze, out of work and stooping to extremes to fund their lifestyle. As with most stereotypes this is not always the case. Of course, there are people who are exactly as described. However, research shows that increasing numbers of people who are more advanced in their years are taking street drugs for reasons unknown and with more severe consequences for using club drugs..
“A survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found marijuana is the most popular drug of abuse among aging Baby Boomers, followed by pain pills. In this age group, painkillers are the drug most often involved in overdoses, followed by anti-anxiety drugs.”
Without harsher laws being put into place the death toll from users of both club and street drugs will continue to rise. An in the moment decision to enhance a night out or to maybe share some street drugs with friends could quite easily be the last choice a person makes. Harmony Heals Detox can help you or a loved one complete a street drugs detox and regain balance and health in their lives.