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GHB (Gamma Hydroxybutyrate) is a central nervous system depressant, often referred to as the “date-rape” drug.

Street Names:

Liquid Ecstasy, Scoop, Easy Lay, Georgia Home Boy, Grievous Bodily Harm, Liquid X, and Goop1

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.
  • The production of GHB usually involves the use of lye or drain cleaner mixed with GBL, a chemical cousin of GHB and an industrial solvent often used to strip floors.

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.