Club drugs are active. For example, chronic abuse of ecstasy appears to produce long-term damage of serotonin-containing neurons in the brain. Serotonin plays a crucial role in regulating emotion, memory, sleep, pain, and higher order cognitive processes. It is likely that Ecstasy use can cause a variety of long-term behavioral consequences as well as impairing brain functions and memory.
As you read about the immediate effects that club drugs have on your body, you will see that increased body temperature, increased heart rate and dehydration are common. While these effects may not seem serious, when they are combined with already high temperatures and increased heart rate from dancing, the results can be fatal.
Because some club drugs are odorless and colorless, they can easily be added to a beverage and can leave someone unconscious. When you’re at a club, never leave your beverage out of your view. If you think that something has been put in your drink, tell a friend and have him or her call 911 immediately.
Uncertainties about the sources, chemicals, and possible contaminants used to manufacture many club drugs make it extremely difficult to determine toxicity and resulting medical consequences.
Remember to drink plenty of water when you’re dancing.