Club Drugs and Date Rape

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Ecstasy, also known as MDMA, is a club drug that is extremely popular amongst high school and college students. Because club drugs can enhance enjoyment from touch they are used to increase intimacy and, worse, in rape situations. They are also used to stimulate psychedelic effects and to energize the user for the night. These designer drugs lead to the deaths of multiple people each year. Club drugs are created to induce a stimulant and psychedelic effect; however, these sensations are definitely not worth the addictive and disabling effects they may cause.

MDMA is a chemical component that is used in many club drugs, but it can also be a drug used solely by itself in a pure form. The drugs that contain this chemical are popular among teens and other adolescents or other young adults in night clubs, parties, or dances (“Club Drugs”). The typical MDMA user is changing, as it has spread from the night club community to popularity among the general public. These club drugs are primarily used by the white youth, but the varieties of people using these drugs are expanding (“The Recreational Use of Ecstasy Is Harmful”).

In the early 1900s MDMA was developed in Germany to synthesize other pharmaceuticals. Virtually dormant until 1953, MDMA was researched--and used--by a former pesticide chemist named Alexander Shulgin. Shulgin was on a quest for the ideal psychoactive drug but was frustrated by the regulations and required trials mandated before a medication could be produced; he quit working on this drug because of these restrictions(“History of Ecstasy (MDMA)”). Some psychiartrics began using MDMA during the 1970’s as a psychotherapeutic tool, even the the drug had never recieved formal clinical trials or go...

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...t be able to refuse or defend against sexual assault. Furthermore, drugged individuals may not have recollection what happened. While women are most often targeted with these drugs, they can be used on men too (“Club Drugs Can Be Used to Facilitate Rape”).

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"Club Drugs Can Be Used to Facilitate Rape." Club Drugs. Ed. Christine Watkins. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2013. At Issue. Rpt. from "Date Rape Drugs Fact Sheet." 2008. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 22 May 2014.

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