Facts You Should Know about Club Drugs - IDHS 4492

Illinois Department of Human Services

(Methylenedioxymethamphetamine, Gamma-hydroxybutyrate)

Club drugs refer collectively to a group of various drugs synthetically concocted by underground chemists and commonly used by young adults at all-night dance parties such as "raves" and "trances," dance clubs, and bars. Uncertainties about the drug sources, chemicals used to manufacture them, and contaminants make determining the toxicity, consequences, and symptoms difficult. Since many club drugs are colorless, tasteless, and odorless, these drugs can be unknowingly added to beverages by individuals who want to intoxicate or sedate others.

Four popular club drugs are Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB), Ketamine, and Rohypnol.

Drug Slang Terms Method of Intake
  • Ecstasy
  • XTC
  • Adam
  • Clarity
  • Lover's speed
Produced as a tablet or capsule and taken orally
  • Grievous Bodily Harm,
  • G,
  • Georgia Home Boy,
  • Liquid Ecstasy
Produced as a clear liquid, white powder, tablet, or capsule and taken orally
  • Special K
  • K
  • Vitamin K
  • Cat Valiums
Produced as a white powder or clear liquid and snorted or smoked with marijuana or tobacco products
  • Roofies
  • Rophies
  • Roche
  • Forget-me Pill
Produced as a pill and usually taken orally, but can be ground up and snorted

The High

Some club drugs are stimulants while others are depressants, but all seem to induce feelings of warmth and openness, greatly enhance the sense of touch, and increase the desire for sex. The stimulant effects of MDMA can enable users to dance for extended periods of time. GHB, in low doses, can relieve anxiety and produce relaxation. Ketamine produces dream-like states and hallucinations. Rohypnol causes profound amnesia resulting in a user not remembering anything while under the influence of the drug.

The Low

Club drugs can cause serious health problems and possibly even death especially when combined with the use of alcohol.

Side Effects

  • Hallucinations
  • Vomiting
  • Paranoia
  • Blurred eyesight
  • Fainting
  • Chills
  • Sweating
  • Teeth clenching
  • Restlessness
  • Sleeping


  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Nausea
  • Difficulty breathing 
  • Drowsiness
  • Decreased heart rate 
  • Sweating
  • Headache
  • Loss of reflexes
  • Coma
  • Tremors
  • Delirium
  • Amnesia
  • High Blood Pressure


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DHS 4492 (R-03-14) Drug Series - Club Drugs

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