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Virginia Beach is an independent city located in the metropolitan area of Hampton Roads in Virginia. According to the 2010 Census, the population is 437,994 making Virginia Beach the most populous city located in Virginia. The sub tropic climate and vast beaches has made Virginia Beach a successful resort city and popular tourism spot. The crime rate in Virginia Beach is low especially compared to the surrounding cities, but due the exciting nightlife and extensive tourism the use of “club drugs” is on the rise.
Popular nightlife leads to higher incidence of drug abuse.
Unfortunately the exciting nightlife and many popular nightclubs have also lead to higher incidences of drug abuse. Nightclubs have become hotbeds for the possession, distribution and abuse of drugs such as ecstasy (MDMA), methamphetamine’s, and LSD. This growing problem has led to police raids in Virginia Beach nightclubs and many arrests for drug possession, intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute.
The Problem with Club Drugs
The term club drugs refer to drugs that are commonly abused in nightclubs and raves. These drugs include LSD, ecstasy (MDMA), methamphetamines, PCP, and Ketamine. The use of club drugs has become widely popular in nightclubs, raves and parties because they often have mood and sense altering effects. Though each of these drugs separately has unique effects on people the use of such drugs often makes the user feel euphoric and as if they are having a mind altering experience.
- LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) – or acid, is a psychedelic drug that can have can have a powerful effect on the user which often lasts anywhere from 6 to 12 hours. The effects of LSD are extremely unpredictable and tend to affect each individual differently. Repeat users often experience different effects each time they use LSD. Common effects are hallucinations, heightened emotional state, sense of euphoria, altered sense of time and space, loss of inhibitions, spiritual or religious experiences, decreased pain sensitivity, and panic or anxiety attacks.
- MDMA (Methylenedioxymethamphetamine) – also known as ecstasy, E or X, is a psychoactive drug that may produce strong emotional and social effects. Users generally experience an intense sense of euphoria, altered consciousness, self confidence, feelings of intimacy or arousal and diminished anxiety, fear, anger, hostility, insecurity and aggression. The pleasurable effects of MDMA are short lived and users often experience a coming down period which may include depression, anxiety, paranoia, insomnia, exhaustion and impaired focus. The horrible effects of coming down make MDMA highly addictive because the user feels the need to use again to avoid the subsequent negative feelings involved.
- Methamphetamines- also known as meth, crystal meth and ice, is a psychostimulant drug with unpredictable effects on the user. Common effects are feelings of invincibility, hallucinations, anxiety, paranoia, insomnia, aggression, sense of euphoria and increased energy, alertness, increased libido and irritability. In extreme cases methamphetamine use has led to heart attacks, strokes and death. It is highly addictive and users often experience withdrawal symptoms such as depression, suicidal tendencies, fatigue and anxiety that may last up to a year.
- Phencyclidine (PCP) – or angel dust, is a dissociative drug that often causes hallucinations and delusions. The effects are extremely unpredictable and sometimes very dangerous. Users may experience a sense of euphoria or detachment from reality as well as suicidal thoughts, aggression, paranoia, intense anger or excitement, depersonalization and loss of inhibitions.
Ketamine- or Special K, is a dissociative anesthesia that is popular in human and veterinary medicine. When ketamine is used recreationally the effect may be a state of euphoria, hallucinations, spiritual or religious experiences, numbness, increased energy and detachment from reality or out of body experiences.