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Salem is the capital of the state of Oregon. Located in Marion and Polk Counties, in the center of the Willamette Valley. The Willamette River runs alongside the city of Salem. Founded in 1842, Salem became the state of Oregon’s capital in 1851 and incorporated in 1857. According to the 2010 census, Salem has a population of 154,637 making it the third largest in the state. Willamette University, Corban University and Chemeketa Community College call the city home. Salem is a city of education with the Salem-Keizer School District, Chemawa Indian School and the Oregon School for the Deaf. The large amount of colleges also brings drug and alcohol abuse to a high in Salem. Club drugs such as Ecstasy, LSD and Ketamine are a huge threat to the state of Oregon’s college campuses.
Rehab Programs for Club Drugs
Club drugs are designer drugs that are over the party scene with young people of America today. The term club drugs means a group of drugs that are often used in night clubs and other party settings. The availability of club drugs in Salem Oregon area has increased dramatically with many of its college students abusing these drugs on a regular basis. Drugs such as Ecstasy, Ketamine and LSD have been found throughout Oregon’s college campuses. Each of these drugs are dangerous in their own ways. The chemicals used to manufacture these drugs and the contaminants mixed in them by amateur chemists in makeshift laboratories are drastically affecting these individuals health. Many mix these drugs with other substances such as Alcohol, forming a lethal combination that can affect vital organ systems such as the kidneys, as well as affecting respiratory function, resulting in coma and even death.Young people ignore these risks because the drug enhances the senses by creating feelings of self confidence, energy, relaxation and well being. The euphoric feelings clouds the individuals judgment.
- Ecstasy, also known as “ETC” “X” “E” and “Lovers Speed”, MDMA. It is a chemical that is similar to amphetamines and mescaline, a hallucinogenic stimulant. Typically comes in tablet form for injection but can also be purchased as a powder to be snorted or smoked. The high feeling from Ecstasy is called rolling. When taken in moderate doses the high can last approximately three hours. Giving feelings of euphoria, self confidence, energy, peacefulness, acceptance and empathy. When taken in heavy doses it can cause severe anxiety, depression, violent and irrational behaviors. Permanent brain damage and damage to the serotonin producing neurons can occur with long term use. The chance of over dose is heightened with mixing with alcohol. It can cause increased heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, loss of consciousness, coma and heart and kidney failure. This is a potentially deadly drug.
- Ketamine, also known as “Special K” “K” and “Vitamin K”. It is an approved anesthetic commonly used in veterinary medicine, most which is sold on the streets is stolen. Typically a white powder that can be snorted or smoked with marijuana or cigarettes, some will mix Ketamine and Cocaine creating a potentially lethal substance known as “CK”. Ketamine is know to sedate its users, in low doses it impairs their basic motor functions and memory. Many will mix with alcohol increasing the change of overdose. In high doses it can cause a dream like state and hallucinations call “K-Land”. Those who over do the drug and over dose will enter into a frightening experience known as “K-hole” risking fatal respiratory problems. This drug is highly addiction leading to depression, flashbacks, amnesia and can be lethal.
- LSD also known as “Acid”. The drug comes from lysergic acid which is a fungus that grows on rye and grains, producing hallucinations, acting as a stimulant. Typically sold in tablet, capsule, liquid,or thin squares on absorbent paper to be eaten or licked off, known as a “hit”. LSD causes a “trip”, acting on the part of the brains that is responsible for sensory perception and causes hallucinations. Each individuals trip is unpredictable, all depending on amount take, mod and surroundings. Used in low doses it can cause dry mouth, sleeplessness and loss of appetite. In a moderate dose it will give hallucinations, dilated pupils, and increased body temperature, heart rate and blood pressure. In high doses it can cause numbness, weakness, trembling and nausea. A bag trip is an over dose where the user exhibits severe psychotic behavior such as bizarre, terrifying thoughts, a fear of losing control and paranoia. The more often LSD is used a tolerance will develop and the individual will have to take higher doses to feel the same effects. Those who use LSD long term are at a great ricks of developing depression, schizophrenia and hallucinogen persisting perception disorder (flash backs).