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GHB (gamma hydroxybutyric acid)

Street Names: Liquid Ecstasy, Scoop, Easy Lay, Georgia Home Boy, Grievous Bodily Harm, Liquid X, and Goop

What are the different forms of GHB?

  • An odorless, colorless liquid form
  • White powder material

How is GHB used?

  • Usually ingested in a liquid mixture; most commonly mixed with alcohol

Who uses GHB?

  • GHB has become popular among teens and young adults at dance clubs and "raves."
  • Body builders sometimes use GHB for its alleged anabolic effects.

How does GHB get to the United States?

  • Because the drug is easy to synthesize and manufacture, local operators usually handle distribution.

How much does GHB cost?

  • GHB is usually sold by the capful, and sells for $5 to $25 per cap.

What are some consequences of GHB use?

  • In lower doses, GHB causes drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, and visual disturbances.
  • At higher dosages, unconsciousness, seizures, severe respiratory depression, and coma can occur.
  • Overdoses usually require emergency room treatment, including intensive care for respiratory depression and coma. As of November 2000, DEA documented 71 GHB-related deaths.
  • GHB has been used in the commission of sexual assaults because it renders the victim incapable of resisting, and may cause memory problems that could complicate case prosecution.

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