Drugs have been around for years and it seems each new generation of teens attaches themselves to the latest “club drugs.” With each new wave of drugs come new regulations, fines and jail sentences for those caught possessing, distributing or manufacturing these types of drugs. For teens, this could mean potential lifelong consequences.
The phrase “club drugs” originally came from the rave era when teens frequented underground night clubs fit with techno music, vigorous dancing, strobe lighting and drug use. Raves are still popular today, but even teens who don’t necessarily frequent clubs are experimenting with club drugs.
Popular Club Drugs, Consequences of Use
- Ecstasy:Known as MDMA,”E” or “X,” this drug was first used for recreational purposes starting in the 1970s. Many users claim the drug produces a euphoric state of mind and expands their spiritual awareness. Reported side effects of this class of drugs include anxiety, paranoia, irritability, involuntary muscle twitching and disorientation among others. In Utah, ecstasy possession is considered a felony offense-even for just one tablet. Individuals facing Utah ecstasy drug possession charges can expect fines and prison time.
- The date-rape drug:Also known as gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), this drug became popular in the 1960s. It is both used as a depressant and stimulant. Many users experience similar feelings of alcohol intoxication. At higher doses, GHB causes drowsiness, unconsciousness and even death. Some athletes are even known to use the drug because it increases human growth hormones. Individuals in Utah charged with GHB with the intent to manufacture, produce or distribute can face second degree charges that include a one to 15 year prison sentence.
- Methamphetamine:Known as crystal meth, ice or glass, this drug produces an increase in the feel-good chemical dopamine naturally produced in the human brain. It first appeared on the market in the 1940s and became popular in the 1950s. Users report feeling euphoric and alert. However, side effects include insomnia, heart problems, depression and suicide. Individuals in Utah caught possessing meth can face first- or second-degree felony charges and years of jail time.
One Salt Lake City drug crimes attorney says that a drug conviction is nothing to take lightly. It brings strict consequences like fines and jail sentences, but it also brings indirect consequences. Loss of future employment opportunities, including the loss of a professional license, the inability to possess a firearm and disqualification of voting privileges are just a few.