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GHB

Gamma hydroxy butyrate or Gamma hydroxybutyric acid, Sodium Oxybate.

Street Names for GHB: GHB, “G” (most common), Gamma-OH, Liquid E, Fantasy, Georgia Home Boy, Grievous Bodily Harm, Liquid X, Liquid Ecstasy (is not ecstasy), Scoop, Water, Everclear, Great Hormones at Bedtime, GBH, Soap, Easy Lay, Salty Water, G-Riffick, Cherry Meth, and Organic Quaalude, Jib.

A clear liquid. Looks just like water. Can be mistaken for water because it is usually found in a small (30ml) clear plastic bottle, a water bottle, or even Gatorade bottles, which contains several doses. One quick taste, and you’ll know it’s not water. Not as common, but also found as a white powder.

GHB is addictive, and withdrawals are LIFE THREATENING! For so long the info was that this isn’t an addictive drug and no big deal. Now it is readily apparent that it is highly addictive and, worse yet, getting off of it is tougher than many other drugs. Addicts are looking at two weeks in intensive care to shake it.

Combining use with other drugs such as alcohol can result in nausea and difficulty breathing.GHB may also produce withdrawal effects, including insomnia, anxiety, tremors, and sweating. As the dose increases, the sedative effects may result in sleep and eventual coma or death.GHB has reportedly been used in cases of date rape.

Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is an illicitly marketed substance that has recently gained popularity among body builders and party attendees as a drug of abuse. GHB is a depressant that acts on the central nervous system. It is purported as a strength enhancer, euphoriant and aphrodisiac and is one of several agents reported as being used as a “date rape” drug. Because of its central nervous system depressant effects, GHB can be lethal when combined with alcohol or other depressants. Currently, there is no accepted medical use for GHB.

GHB is a potentially dangerous drug, associated with coma and seizure-like activity. Currently, GHB has no accepted medical use, and the FDA prohibits its manufacture and sale. Physicians should be alerted to the adverse effects of GHB because abuse may become more widespread as reports of its euphoric effects increase experimentation. As with any illicitly manufactured drug of abuse, the likelihood of adverse reactions is increased by the variance in purity and dosages taken.

When GHB use is suspected or discovered, the patient should be counseled about the dangers of GHB use. As always, appropriate counseling and the consideration of referral to a rehabilitation program should be made.

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