The Dirt On Drugs

The truth is CLUB DRUGS can be fatal.

Club drugs refer to dangerous illegal substances popular at dance clubs, raves, and bars. These drugs are manufactured and marketed by criminal organizations. 
Ecstasy, also known as MDMA, is one of the most popular of these drugs. Used in combination with alcohol, club drugs can be even more dangerous. The National Institute on Drug Abuse research has shown that the use of ecstasy can cause serious health problems, and in some cases, death. Ecstasy research has shown that it damages brain cells and targets those cells that regulate mood, memory, sleep, and appetite. This damage can be long-term and perhaps permanent. Other side effects include increases in heart rate and blood pressure, nausea, paranoia, jaw tightness, compulsive chewing and teeth clenching, anxiety, panic, and depression. Health risks increase if ecstasy is combined with other drugs. Greater amounts of the drug are needed with each use to equal the first 'high' experience, thus increasing health risks and dependency. High doses can increase body temperature leading to muscle breakdown followed by kidney and cardiovascular system failure which have proved fatal at raves. Ecstasy use may also lead to heart attacks, strokes, and seizures.

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU GET CAUGHT WITH ECSTASY?

Ecstasy is in the same class as heroin and cocaine. That means getting caught with it you can be arrested and be fingerprinted, a mug-shot taken, and a criminal history sheet put on file in the system. If charged with a misdemeanor, having one tablet in your possession, you could face up to a year in prison. If the police find that you are driving while under the influence of drugs, they can impound your car and all items in it. You will also be charged with presuming to have possession of those items found in the car. 

  • College students who used marijuana two out of three days had trouble paying attention and performing simple tasks for 24 to 72 hours after having used the drug. 
     
  • Drugs can cause the brain to send the wrong signals to the body, even the very first time a drug is used. This can cause a heart attack, respiratory arrest, or coma.
     
  • Inhalants enter the blood and go through the body in seconds and may replace oxygen in the lungs. Sniffing can lead to a heart attack or suffocation.
     
  • Drugs can be detected in the blood several days or even weeks after the last "joint" was smoked by a chronic user.
     

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT:

NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse or call 301.443.1124 
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