What is GHB?

Posted on : March 19, 2013 Updated on : March 19, 2013 in: Drug Education .

GHB or Gamma-hydroxybutyric acid is a compound that was initially used by body builders to stimulate muscle growth.

In recent years GHB has become popular as a recreational drug amoung club kids and partygoers.

  • GHB users risk many negative physical effects including: vomiting, liver failure, potentially fatal respiratory problems, and tremors and seizures, which can result in a coma.
  • GHB has reportedly been used in cases of date rape.  Because GHB is odorless and tasteless, it can be slipped into someone's drink without detection.

GHB may also produce withdrawal effects, including insominia, anxiety, tremors and sweating.

GHB is reported to be the drug of choice for rapists and sexual predators, and is the "hot" party/rave drug for the college and young adult set.  It is also becoming alarmingly popular with high school students.

What are the different forms of GHB? 

GHB is sold as a clear liquid, white powder, capsules, or tablets.  It is often used in combination with other drugs such as Ecstasy. 

Street names for GHB 

Liquid X, Liquid G, Easy Lay, Grievous Bodily Harm, Liquid Ecstasy, Cherry Meth, Somatomax, Scoop, Battery Acid, Date Rape Drug, Fantasy, Salty Water, Soap, Zonked and Nature's Quaalude.

Danger, Danger, Danger!

GHB is a drug that has lived up to some of its street names. According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) since 1990 there have been 58 deaths and over 5,700 overdoses requiring emergency room treatments attributed to GHB abuse. Not included in this statistic are the numbers of sexual assaults (date or stranger rape), which have occurred because the victim was given GHB knowingly or unknowingly.

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