UA Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds: "Update on Street Drugs"

<p>UA Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds: &quot;Update on Street Drugs&quot;</p>

EVENT: UA Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds: "Update on Street Drugs"
DATE/TIME: WEDNESDAY, OCT. 23, 4 - 5:30 P.M.

PLACE: University Medical Center, Room 5403
1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson

The use and abuse of recreational or 'street' drugs are increasing among a significantly diverse population. In response, the University of Arizona Department of Psychiatry will conduct a Grand Rounds presentation, Update on Street Drugs, for health care providers on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 4 p.m. at University Medical Center, Rm. 5403. Although the presentation is geared for health professionals, the public is invited to attend.
Michael E. Scott, MD, clinical assistant professor, UA Department of Psychiatry, and medical director, Sierra Tucson, will discuss a number of popular street drugs, including:

  • GHB (Chemical name: gamma-hydroxybutyrate. A sedative used primarily in the treatment of narcolepsy. Marketed as a health food supplement, GHB has more than 80 street names, including liquid ecstacy, and also is known as a "date-rape drug.")
  • Ketamine (A hallucinogen, used primarily as an anesthetic in veterinary medicine. Street names include Special K, Ket, Vitamin K and others.)
  • Ecstasy (Chemical name 3, 4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine, or MDMA. A synthetic psychoactive drug similar in chemical structure to methamphetamine and with both stimulant and hallucinogenic properties. Also called XTC, X, Versace, the hug drug, the love pill and other street names.)
  • Methamphetamine (A nervous system stimulant, structurally similar to amphetamine and the neurotransmitter dopamine, that has prolonged stimulant effects. Also called meth, speed, crystal, glass, crank, yaba and other names.)
  • LSD (Chemical name: lysergic acid diethylamide. A hallucinogen. Also called acid.)
  • GBL (Chemical names include butyrolactone and gamma-butyrolactone. Labeled as dietary supplements, products containing GBL are marketed as Renewtrient, Revivarant, Blue Nitro, GH Revitalizer, Gamma G, Remforce and other brand names.)

Dr. Scott also will discuss the recreational use of these drugs at raves, dance clubs, parties, college campuses, and other venues. The information will be relevant and practical for everyone, from health care practitioners to parents.