Although the numbers of drug use on a whole are decreasing, there has been a rise in the use of club drugs. According to the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse, 6,486 people were treated for some type of club drug last year. This is up from the 4,656 people from 2005 to 2006. In fact, around one million people were estimated to have used club drugs within the past year, according to the report: Club Drugs: Emerging Trends and Risks. Though more people have been entering treatment for club drugs, they make up only a small percentage (around 2 %) compared to those getting treated for heroin and crack.
Ecstasy Among Most Popular
Club drugs refer to those commonly taken at nightclubs, bars, concerts and parties and typically consist of ketamine, mephedrone and ecstasy. It has been shown that over time people have been forming addictions to these drugs. Other health problems have been noted such as bladder pain and damage. Because ecstasy is the most popular of the club drugs, the majority of people are seeking treatment for it as opposed to the others. Ecstasy affects the body’s ability to regulate its temperature and therefore, dehydration and heat stroke can occur. On the other hand, some users are aware that they may become overheated and drink too much water, which is very dangerous because this affects the levels of potassium in the body causing organs to swell. There is also a danger of overdosing on this drug. Signs of this include elevated temperature, high blood pressure, increased heartbeat and hallucinations or delusions. Vomiting can also be a side affect and could be potentially deadly if the person aspirates the vomit.
Treatment Proven to be Successful Among Club Drug Users
Fortunately, many have responded very well to treatment for club drugs with 61 percent of people 18 and older and 74 percent of people under the age of 18 successfully getting clean. The trick to this, though, is for these services to continue to adapt as new drugs are introduced into the world, such as the newest synthetic drugs. The full effects of long-term abuse of these drugs are not yet known and many people who are struggling with them may have not entered treatment yet.
What Can Be Done?
With the decrease in the abuse of other drugs, it shows that we are doing something right. With that said, just continue, as parents, to educate yourselves as well as your children about the dangers of using drugs of any kind. Talk about ways to stand up to peer pressure and give them the confidence to make smart decisions in the case that they are faced with the choice to use drugs. Along with anti-drug programs within schools, the community or on the Internet and with authorities cracking down on drug rings and dealer, we can hope to keep more and more kids off drugs and instead, growing into productive and intelligent young adults. Narconon videos are also an effective preventative tool for those of all ages.
In addition to prevent there is also the possibility that a problem already exists. If this is the case, parents and loved ones have to take action to remedy the problem. Passing off the issue as “experimentation” or “growing pain” can only allow for the problem to get worse. If you know someone who is abusing club drugs get them immediate help through drug rehabilitation.
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