GHB

Know the facts about GHB and connect with help to keep your child safe.

What are some slang terms?
G, Georgia Home Boy, Goop, Grievous Bodily Harm, Liquid Ecstasy, Liquid X, Soap, Scoop

What is it?
GHB (Gamma hydroxybutyrate) is predominantly a central nervous system depressant. GHB is often manufactured in homes with recipes and kits found and purchased on the Internet. GHB is made from a combination of gamma butyrolactone (GBL) and sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide. These substances are more commonly used as floor stripping solvents and drain cleaners.

What does it look like?
GHB can be produced in clear liquid, white powder, tablet, and capsule forms. It is colorless and odorless.

How is it used?
GHB is usually taken orally, either in liquid or powder form. GHB has a salty taste; however it is often diluted in liquids and virtually undetectable. Body builders have been known to use GHB to stimulate muscle growth. GHB is also commonly used as a recreational drug, particularly among partygoers on the club scene.

What do young people hear about it?
At lower doses, GHB can relieve anxiety and produce relaxation.

What are the risks?
Combining GHB with other drugs such as alcohol can result in nausea, loss of muscle control 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. Other effects include difficulty thinking, hallucinations, slurred speech, headaches and amnesia. 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.

What are signs of use?

  • Nausea
  • Loss of muscle control
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty thinking
  • Hallucinations
  • Slurred speech
  • Headaches
  • Amnesia

Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA); Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

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