About Club Drugs

Onset of Drug Effect(s):

The term “club drugs” was derived as a result of the club environment in which many popular drugs started to surface. When used in a club or party environment, there are a number of additional risks that someone might face. Not only is there a greater risk for fatal drug combinations among drugs like GHB, Ecstasy and alcohol, there are also environmental elements that set the stage for dangerous consequences. For example, a person’s body temperature increases to dangerous levels with Ecstasy use and the party/club environment provides an environment in which people become dehydrated quickly. This combination can prove to be deadly.

Drug Action(s):

Because of the increased risk for fatal drug combinations in the club/party atmosphere, the anticipated action(s) of a given drug are muted and often becomes synergized by other substances that have been “cut” with the drug.

The major “club drugs” are Ecstasy, GHB, Ketamine, methamphetamine, and LSD.

A Word on Molly

Molly is a white powder or crystal–like substance, while Ecstasy is the pill or capsule form of MDMA.

Molly is often considered the purer form of MDMA. That is, many users believe that molly contains more MDMA and less filler compared to ecstasy pills. Comparing the two forms of MDMA, however, is very difficult because there are no regulations or quality control over the actual content in these illegal substances.

Here are some additional things to consider when comparing Molly and Ecstasy:

  • Ecstasy usually refers to a drug that comes in pill form that has been cut with other ingredients and can range from the somewhat innocuous substances of sugar or caffeine to potentially more harmful drugs such as Ketamine or Methamphetamines.
  • Molly is described as a pure powder form that is often snorted through the nasal passages, making it more difficult to dose than the pill form of ecstasy.
  • Molly has developed a reputation as being of higher quality and more costly than Ecstasy pills — though this is not necessarily a deserved reputation because Molly can be also be cut with fillers or other potential drugs at any time in the process since it is in a powder form.
  • Ecstasy pills are not as easily tampered with after they have been made (at the beginning of the drug supply chain) because they are pressed into shapes and stamped. However, while some pills have a "good" reputation, there can be significant variations amongst pills with the same stamp based on region and time differences.
Club Drugs

Wake Up Call, Villanova!

97% of Villanova students have NEVER used a club drug like Ecstasy; however, Villanova students report that they believe over 46% of their peers have used club drugs (National College Health Assessment 2013 survey data).