Club drugs get their name because of the prevalence of their abuse in nightclubs, dance parties (known as “raves”) and their popularity among the young, “hip” partygoers of our youth culture. These drugs are generally synthetic, created not in nature but in a laboratory where natural substances are modified and repurposed. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, some of the drugs in this category include Rohypnol, GHB, methamphetamine and ketamine.
Why these drugs of such great concern? Perhaps one of the most frightening aspects of their abuse is the fact that many of them are created not in any laboratory, but in unregulated, clandestine labs that have no compunction about mixing dangerous chemicals with the drugs they produce in order to stretch their profit margin.