Men Die In Gay Sauna From Drug Abuse

pleasureHere’s a cautionary tale about making bad choices. Three different guys have passed away at the same sauna after taking various drugs.

The men were found with varying levels of unpleasant substances in their bodies: GHB, cocaine and mephedrone.

The scene of the crime is Pleasuredrome, a gay-oriented sauna in London. GayCities describes it as “clean, dark and stylish,” featuring two dark rooms, a tanning shower, and a 24-hour cafe. There is also alcohol available.

Reviewers report that the place is “clean,” and also “dirty,” so clearly the jury is out on this place. Other reviewers report that “you will probably find easy sex here,” and “the glory hole is always active.”

A disgruntled reviewer complains, “only old Chinese and Latino people with no respect go there.” So, apparently it’s not a popular spot among racists.

After the first death, several months ago, staff became much more strict about patrolling the premises and shining lights here and there to discourage wrongdoing. But that apparently wasn’t enough to dissuade some patrons.

There’s now an investigation underway about the deaths, and if the sauna could have done anything further to prevent them.

Once that’s done, maybe someone will look into the disrespectful Chinese people.


Photo credit: Pleasuredrome

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  • Vidontag

    Been there a couple of times, several years ago, and on those two occasions it was an enjoyable experience, but of course things could have changed. Yes, there was a little visible drugginess, but pretty tame compared to Chariots Vauxhall, which I visited last November.

  • Ihadtosayit

    Some basic tips before entering the sauna:

    Don’t drink alcohol, as it works as a depressant, where the blood is moving slowly and the nerve endings are literally shutting down, and counteracts the benefits of the sauna.

    Older people need to avoid or limit their time in the sauna.

    People with heart ailments or respiratory diseases need to avoid the sauna, and anyone with chronic ailments needs to check first with his or her doctor.

    Don’t eat prior to the sauna.

    Avoid drug use and the sauna — tranquilizers, stimulants, poppers and other prescribed drugs alter the body’s metabolism and could produce severe effects in the heat.

    If you experience dizziness, problems with breathing, or a general feeling of ill health, leave the sauna immediately.

  • DerekR

    @Ihadtosayit: You are taking the word “sauna” literally…

  • lykeitiz

    No mention of what city or country this Pleasuredrome is in? (without clicking a link?)

  • samwise343

    Take note that the article says nothing about condoms. Hint, hint.

  • DjARD

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  • BritAus

    @lykeitiz: Unless there is one in the US it would be the Pleasuredrome in Waterloo, London.

  • Teeth

    I understand the coke and the booze, but why the methadrone? What does that do for you?

  • Billy Budd

    @Teeth: Why Methadrone? They say its effect is similar to (but shorter than) MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine). People would snort anything that gives them a kick.

  • Teeth

    Sounds good! I’m in for #10 tabs. lol

  • Billy Budd

    I get a kick out of beautiful men, not out of drugs! Just like Cole Porter used to say.

  • Paco

    This happened in 2012, or are these a new set of deaths?

  • Teeth

    @Billy Budd: I’m completely joking. Can’t stand being loaded anymore. That was 20+ years ago, for me.

  • sportyguy1983

    Irresponsible life choices/actions lead to foreseeable consequences.

  • mcflyer54

    “Three different guys have passed away … ” I would think that the same guy passing away three times would be far more shocking.

  • Gabenz

    Dont just look at the pics.. READ the article:
    “The scene of the crime is Pleasuredrome, a gay-oriented sauna in London.”

  • fagburn

    You can’t trace GHB in the body.

  • Stenar

    @fagburn: They can test for and find GHB during an autopsy.

  • fagburn

    @Stenar: Nope. It disappears. Sorry to bore you with facts.

  • siltor67

    the title kinda made me giggle…

  • scott609

    Makes me think about that case in Vienna, where a young American man who worked for the UN there, was at his favorite sauna, got into some kind of argument, then went running out the front door (naked) and was last seen plunging into the nearest river. His friends said he was given some drug beforehand.

    They made a documentary about it, from the mother’s point of view. The local police treated her like crap because her son was gay.

  • seaguy

    Short of doing body cavity searches there is no way for clubs, bars to stop people from bringing in drugs or showing up high already. To blame the club is just wrong, unless it is proven that the club sanctions drug use and dealing on the premises.

  • seaguy

    @samwise343: Well it was not an article about safe sex practices. Not everything must mention condoms.

  • seaguy

    @scott609: Do you recall the name of the documentary?

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