Pills (Party Drugs)

Party Drugs

term party (or club) drug refers to a variety of drugs found at dance clubs and house parties. Party/Club drugs are sometimes referred to as “designer drugs”. The substances are typically produced in illegal laboratories, using a variety of chemicals. It is extremely difficult to predict their strength, what their effects will be and whether they contain poisonous ingredients. Therefore these drugs can pose serious risks to young people’s health and safety. Drugs, such as Rohypnol, GHB and Ketamine, have also been called “date rape drugs” because they have been used in situations of sexual assault. People can be sexually assaulted in this way by a stranger as well as someone they know or are “dating”. The victim can be a male or female. Because these drugs are colourless, tasteless and odourless, they can be added to drinks and used to intoxicate or sedate others without their knowledge. When used together, or in combination with alcohol, all of these drugs pose an even greater threat to health and safety.


(also E, XTC, RAdam, Euphoria, “X”, MDMA, molly, Love Doves)

Ecstasy is a recreational drug, most popular among teenagers and young adults, and is often found in environments where alcohol is not permitted.  It has certain effects in common with hallucinogens and the party drugs but is related to amphetamines (a stimulant). It is produced in illegal laboratories and can often be contaminated by substances such as caffeine or ephedrine or other toxic drugs.  It is usually taken by mouth in capsules or tablets, which are often stamped with a logo, making them look like candy. It may also be a powder that is sniffed. There have been deaths which have been attributed to the use of ecstasy.


  • in lower doses, it can cause feelings of pleasure, closeness to others, energy and confidence
  • there may be increased blood pressure and heart rate, sweating, nausea, jaw pain, blurred vision and vomiting
  • overheating and possible dehydration can occur when ecstasy use is combined with all night dancing
  • higher doses may produce hallucinations, paranoia, panic, anxiety and depression
  • the person may experience after effects such as confusion, irritability, anxiety and sleep problems
  • repeated use can result in confusion, irritability, depression and weight loss



(rophies, ruffies, roofies)

Rohypnol is the manufacturer’s trade name for a drug that belongs to the same family of sedative drugs that includes drugs such as Valium (trade name). It is not approved for use inCanadaor theUSA. The person may experience lack of memory, impaired judgment, dizziness, and periods of blackout.  Sedation begins in about 30 minutes, peaks within 2 hours and lasts for about 8 hours.



(Special K, baby food)

Ketamine is also a drug that is available at clubs and raves and has been reported in cases of sexual assault. It is a relative ofPCPand has been used as an anesthetic in medical and veterinary practice. The drug is found in the form of capsules, powder, crystals and solutions.  Effects include temporary amnesia and hallucinations which may be intense or terrifying, dizziness, numbness, and blurred vision.  The person may feel sleepy, withdrawn, or confused.  They may experience “disassociation”, feeling as though the mind is separated from the body.



(Liquid Ecstasy, Liquid X)

GHB, (gamma hydroxy butyrate) has surfaced as a drug at clubs and rave parties and also has been found in cases of sexual assault. It is an illegally manufactured drug mostly prepared as an odourless and tasteless liquid. It is quickly absorbed in the body and peaks in 20-60 minutes. At low doses, the person may feel sociable and less inhibited.  With a slightly higher dose the person may experience dizziness, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, amnesia and vertigo. At higher doses, the person may experience loss of consciousness, seizures, depressed breathing and coma.

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