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Thursday, 12 October 2006 00:25
What Are Club Drugs?

 

MDMA: - methlenedioxymethamphetamine - Ecstasy, X, XTC, Adam, Clarity, Peace, Lover's Speed, Eve
Similar to the stimulant methamphetamine and the hallucinogen mescaline, MDMA is usually taken orally as a tablet. It causes increased heart rate and blood pressure, and may lead to an elevation of body temperature that causes kidney and cardiovascular failure. When combined with alcohol, MDMA can be extremely dangerous, sometimes fatal. MDMA may lead to dehydration, hypertension, heart or kidney failure, seizures, stroke, memory impairment, and produce long-lasting neurotoxic effects in the brain.
GHB: - gamma-hydroxbutyrate - Liquid Ecstasy, Georgia Home Boy, G, Grievous Bodily Harm
A clear odorless liquid, GHB is a central nervous system depressant and has been associated with poisonings, overdoses, and date rape. It can slow breathing and heart rate to dangerous levels. GHB overdose can occur rather quickly and lead rapidly to loss of consciousness, coma, and death. The purity and strength of individual doses of the drug can vary greatly, making overdoses likely.
Ketamine: - K, Special K, Vitamin K, Cat Valium
Karamine is primarily a veterinary anesthetic that produces dissociative dream-like or hallucinatory effects similar to phencyclidine (PCP). The drug is used as a liquid applied to marijuana or tobacco products, or as a white powder that is snorted like cocaine, or it can be injected. Ketamine can produce delirium, amnesia, impaired motor function, high blood pressure, depression, and potentially fatal respiratory effects. It can also result in impaired attention, learning ability and memory.
Rohypnol: - flunitrazepam - Roofies, Rophie, Roche, Forget-me
benzodiazepine sedative similar to Valium and Xanax, flunitrazepam is not approved for prescription use in the US. The drug is taken orally in tablet form, dissolved in beverage, or ground up and snorted. Because the drug is odorless and tasteless and produces profound "anterograde amnesia," it can be administered to a person without his or her knowledge and has been associated with date rape and other sexual assaults. Other effects include decreased blood pressure, drowsiness, visual disturbances, dizziness, confusion, gastrointestinal disturbances and urinary retention.
Methamphetamine: - Meth, Speed, Ice, Glass, Crystal, Crank, GoFast, Chalk, Fire
Methamphetamine, an odorless white crystalline powder, affects many areas of the central nervous system. It is a highly addictive stimulant that can be snorted, smoked, injected, taken orally, or dissolved in beverages. The drug produces increased levels of activity, agitation, excited speech, and decreased appetite. Methamphetamine is a neurotoxin associated with serious long-lasting effects on the dopamine transporter system as well as with other dangerous health effects including aggression, violence, memory loss, psychotic behavior and cardiac damage.
Lysergic Acid Diethylamide: - LSD, Acid, Blotter, Cubes, Dots, L, Microdot, Sugar, Yellow Sunshines, Boomers
LSD is a powerful hallucinogen that is taken orally, usually on squares of blotter paper, sugar cubes, or pills that have absorbed the liquid drug. The drug produces profound and unpredictable abnormalities in sensory perception, including distortions of sound and sight, and emotional effects that create rapid mood swings ranging from intense fear to euphoria. Physical effects include higher body temperature, increased heart rate and blood pressure, sweating, loss of appetite, sleeplessness, dry mouth, tremors, nausea, numbness and weakness. Long-term disorders associated with LSD are persistent psychosis and hallucinogen persisting perception disorder ("flashbacks").
 

 

Ten Things Kids Can Do To Stop Violence

 

Settle arguments with words, not fists or weapons. Don't stand around and form an audience when others are arguing. A group makes a good target for violence.
Learn safe routes for walking in the neighborhood, and know good places to seek help. Trust feelings, and if there's a sense of danger, get away fast.
Report crimes or suspicious actions to the police, school authorities, and parents. Be willing to testify if needed. Don't open the door to anyone that you don't know and trust.
Never go anywhere with someone you don't know and trust.
If someone tries to abuse you, say no, get away, and tell a trusted adult. Remember, it's not the victim's fault. Don't use alcohol or other drugs, and stay away from places and people associated with them.
Stick with friends who are also against violence and drugs, and stay away from known trouble spots.
Get involved to make school safer and better-having poster contests against violence, holding anti-drug rallies, counseling peers, settling disputes peacefully. If there's no program, help start one. Help younger children learn to avoid being crime victims. Set a good example, and volunteer to help with community efforts to stop crime.

 

 

DID YOU KNOW?

 

Smoking accounts for one-third of all heart disease deaths?
The two most damaging chemicals found in cigarettes are tar and nicotine? The major cancer-causing chemical in tobacco smoke is tar, and nicotine is as addictive as heroin or cocaine.
The risk of developing cancer is 10 times greater for smokers than for nonsmokers. That's what you call a bad risk!
Smoking causes 85 percent of all lung cancer deaths, and lung cancer is the No. 1 killer in women?
People who smoke one pack of cigarettes a day decrease their life expectancy by about six years?
Tobacco companies spend over $3 billion every year on advertisements that glamorize smoking?
Smoking hurts your lungs and can cause respiratory conditions such as emphysema, bronchitis, chronic coughs, and a sore throat. Smoking makes it hard for a person to breathe.
Tobacco companies need to recruit 1,200 new smokers every day to replace those who have died.
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