Drugs have no place at a party
A party is meant to be a great time, not a place where people become potential addicts and are put in harm’s way. The demographic that is most susceptible to abusing drugs and developing an addiction are teenagers and young adults. While it’s inevitable to protect every young person from the exposure and dangers of drugs, the best way to start is to inform them of the issue:
Drugs shouldn’t be seen as something that’s all fun and games or a harmless “one-time” thing. They lower a person’s inhibition, distort their sense of reality, and can render them unconscious which can lead to their suffering of serious injury – and even death. Party drugs not only kill the fun of the party, they can also take someone’s life.
What exactly is a party drug?
That’s exactly what a party drug, or designer drug, is – an illegal drug used at parties. But they can also be found at clubs, music festivals, raves, and other socializing events. Additionally, party drugs have no indication of taste, color, or smell, making an individual disturbingly unaware of the fact that they may be taking a drug in the first place.
These are the most common party drugs that are abused:
Crystal meth (Methamphetamine) – a stimulant that ignites hyperawareness, happiness, and excessive confidence. While initially evoking levels of extreme pleasure, crystal meth deteriorates a person’s brain and body over time. It causes serious behavioral problems such as aggression and psychotic episodes, damages the cardiovascular system, and tends to display its corrosive properties on the skin. Crystal meth is also one of the most highly addictive party drugs, also making it severely difficult to treat. Many people have reported they became addicted to crystal meth from their first time trying it – and unfortunately, some will die because it is so highly addicting.
Ecstasy (MDMA) – a recreational drug that affects the mind by inducing a state of extreme euphoria that causes an individual to feel confident and intimate with others. In addition, it can raise blood pressure and heart rate that will lead to profuse sweating and vomiting. When consumed in high doses, ecstasy triggers paranoia, hallucinations, and anxiety. Prolonged use can make a user develop permanent depression and anxiety problems as well. Furthermore, if taken with antidepressants, the individual is in danger of suffering a heart attack and immediate death.
LSD (Acid) – mostly used at music festivals, LSD is hallucinogenic and mood-altering. Individuals report experiencing a distorted sense of reality and disassociation from it. Everything around them heightens in color, shapes blur together, everything becomes more sensitive to touch, and the person has fits of mood swings. For some, LSD increases their levels of euphoria and bliss. The rest experience what is called a “bad trip”, which is comparable to a psychotic episode. The person suffers extreme paranoia, anxiety, and feelings of dying and insanity over and over again. While not addictive, chronic use of LSD can cause schizophrenia and prolong psychotic episodes that were originally short with small doses.
Cocaine – like crystal meth, cocaine is a stimulant that directly attacks the brain’s reward system: the neurotransmitters of dopamine. The body will experience an extreme rise in blood pressure, heart rate, and constricted blood flow. Nasal and upper respiratory problems are also occurrences. In conjunction with those effects, the user becomes more prone to violent and unpredictable behaviors. Like crystal meth, cocaine is dangerously addictive and has a high relapse rate.
Ketamine – Found in veterinary offices; an anesthetic that renders a user’s mobility and increases the likelihood of developing depression and amnesia. Furthermore, it brings the user to a state of numbness, which temporarily tranquilizes their ability to experience sensations and emotions. Also, because Ketamine detaches its user from reality, it has become a widely used “date-rape” drug.
Rohypnol (Roofies) – in the class of benzodiazepines with Valium and Xanax;
a sedative drug that causes blackouts, amnesia, drowsiness, and confusion. Like Ketamine, it is another form of a “date rape” drug. Since Rohypnol has the characteristic of affecting the user with amnesia, a sexual assault victim will have little to no recollection of being assaulted in the first place.
Why party drugs kill
The number one reason why party drugs cause death is due to the overdose of said drug or a combination of several – because each drug affects the body in a different way. One drug cannot “cancel” the other. For example, combining alcohol with heroin will strengthen the heroin’s effect of euphoria, but in conjunction with alcohol, a person can stop breathing. Some people do not believe this risk until it is too late.
Evidently, party drugs are never worth your time, well-being, or safety
Initially, using party drugs are assumed to be one-time or short-term recreational activity. In reality, they have the potential to cause lasting negative effects on your life, especially, prolonged health problems and mental conditions. Just “trying something” once can turn into a lifelong addiction. No party or group of people should cost you your well-being and safety, and most importantly: your life.