Recognition and management of complications of new recreational drug use

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Abstract

Use of illicit drugs in clubs and large dance parties (so-called raves) is a burgeoning cultural trend. Such recreational drug use is associated with several medical complications, both acute and longlasting. Although few, if any, of the drugs currently used in recreational venues are truly new, their patterns and context of use have changed (a great deal in some instances). For some of these substances, this cultural repackaging of the drug experience has resulted in various medical disorders that have previously gone undocumented. This review aims to help treating physicians recognise and manage complications associated with the use of new drugs in clubs, including methylenedioxymethamfetamine, ephedrine, γ-hydroxybutyrate; γ-butyrolactone, 1,4-butanediol, flunitrazepam, ketamine, and nitrites. We also alert researchers to specific toxic effects of club-drugs on which more basic information is needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2137-2145
Number of pages9
JournalLancet
Volume365
Issue number9477
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 18 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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