The word party (or club) drug refers to a variety of drugs found at house parties and dance club. Party/Club drugs are sometimes referred to as “designer drugs”. Drugs, such as Rohypnol, GHB and Ketamine, have also been called “date rape drugs” because they have been used in situations of sexual assault.
Club drugs such as 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (‘ecstasy’), methamphetamine (‘crystal meth’) and ketamine (‘Special K’) are becoming more and more popular. Many youngster take these designer drugs to enhance sensory experiences at ‘circuit parties’ and ‘raves’. These drugs also enhance sexual experience. However, many of these drugs have adverse effects on sexual function, as well as on sexual decision- making. This review examines four common club drugs, their systemic effects and their effects on sexual function, and hypothesizes on the causes of sexual dysfunction due to these drugs.
Effects of ‘traditional’ recreational drugs, such as cocaine, alcohol and marijuana, on erectile and sexual dysfunction have been well documented. However, over the past decade, new, synthetic designer drugs have been emerging. The use of these agents is on the rise, especially among young individuals who attend ‘raves’ and ‘circuit parties’. The four most common ‘club drugs’ include 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA: ‘ecstasy’), gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB), ketamine (‘Special K’) and methamphetamine (‘crystal meth’, ‘crank’, ‘ice’). Little is known about their effects on sexual function. The purpose of the present review is to analyze the available literature on club drugs to examine their systemic effects and to hypothesize on their effects on erectile function, as well as sexual risktaking behaviour.