The National Criminal Justice References Service's most recent In the Spotlight column focuses on "club drugs," that is, illegal substances such as MDMA (Ecstasy) or Ketamine (an animal tranquilizer) that are used primarily at dance clubs and raves. Often, the raves where these drugs are used are promoted as alcohol-free events, which gives parents a false sense of security that their children will be safe attending such parties. This Website presents a club drug factsheet; legislation for control of club drug-type substances; and a list of resources on effects of use, enforcement against, and federal research on these substances. Many of the NCJRS statements are astonishing (for instance, the number of nationwide hospital emergency department mentions of GHB increased nearly 8,800 percent, from 56 mentions in 1994 to 4,969 in 2000), although some are not especially enlightening ("Ravers may use chemical 'glowsticks' and flashing lights to heighten the hallucinogenic properties"). The text contains links to the congressional testimonies from which much of the information is taken. Other features of this In the Spotlight include links to programs for prevention of drug-induced rape, drug-related funding resources, as well as resources for counterdrug training and technical assistance. This is an information-rich US governmental site.
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