GHB, or gamma hydroxybutyrate, is a central
nervous system depressant which can relax or sedate the body that is usually
given in a clear liquid form that looks just like water and is usually
found in small bottles, like empty Visine bottles, Gatorade bottles, or
old water bottles. GHB can also come in the form of a light-colored power,
which you mix into soda, alcohol, or water.
GHB is relatively cheap, $5-$10 dollars
a capful or teaspoonful, and the intoxicating effects usually takes place
within 10 to 20 minutes, lasting up to 4 hours, depending on the amount
of GHB taken.
Theres very little information about GHBs
effects on any one body type. “A dose that might make a 150-pound girl
high could kill a 300-pound man.
And the dose that made you high yesterday
might kill you today.” Porrata, a rave drug specialist and former narcotics
Some of the known side effects of GHB involve
intoxication, talking, increased energy, happiness, desire to socialize,
sensuality, possible nausea, enhanced sexual experience, feeling playful
or affectionate, loss of gag reflex, loss of coordination due to loss of
muscle tone, mild disinhibition, or the feeling of freedom; exposure, delusions,
depression, dizziness, hallucinations, seizures, low blood pressure, slowed
heart rate, or difficulty concentrating. Some of the more serious effects
include amnesia, vomiting, respiratory problems, loss of conscienceness,
being conscience but unable to move, rambling incoherent speech, sedation,
disinhibition, giddiness, silliness, desire to sleep, passing out, and
death, especially when GHB is mixed with alcohol or other drugs!
Some of the slang words used for GHB are
Grievous Bodily Harm, G, Liquid Ecstasy (its NOT ecstasy), Salty Water,
Scoop, GBH-OH, Fantasy Water, Everclear, Great Hormones at Bedtime, Soap,
Goop, Georgia Home Boy, Liquid X, GBH, Gamma-OH, Easy Lay, G-Riffick, Cherry
Meth, Jip, the “Date Rape Drug,” and/or Organic Quaalude.
GHB got the name “the date rape drug” because
emergency room patients have been raped while intoxicated by the drug;
had it slipped into their drink. It is very difficult for ER doctors to
diagnose patients before its too late because GHB usually leaves the body
within 12 hours.
However, where as older GHB detection tests used to take
several millimeters of urine and up to a days worth of lab testing, a new
test had been developed which takes about 3 hours for results and only
a few drops of urine.
Unless youre intentionally taking GHB,
protect yourself and others you are with by:
Not excepting drinks from strangers.
Not leaving your drink unattended while
at a party or rave, or anywhere for that matter.
Steering clear from open drinks, such as
punch bowls. Stick to cans or bottles if youre going to drink.
Be aware of GHB and know the signs; have
a designated person watch you and if you, or anyone is feeling light-headed,
dizzy, or feel as though your limbs are heavy, GET HELP! Particularly when
milder symptoms get worse!
Be weary of people who arent trust-worthy.
The most common mistake made with intoxication
of GHB is people neglecting to get help and believing a person who is sick
will sleep it off… they may never wake up if they arent treated., which
is why over the last nine years, theres been an estimated 5,700 reported
cases of people whove overdosed on GHB and 65 who have died. .