What is GHB?

GHB, along with Ecstasy, has become a popular drug among those who frequent the rave dance scene.  GHB has also been associated with the so-called date rape drugs.  GHB can be produced in clear liquid, white powder, tablet and capsule forms, and it is often used in combination with alcohol, making it even more dangerous.


GHB has been increasingly involved in poisonings, overdoses, date rapes and fatalities.  The drug is used predominantly by adolescents and young adults, often when they attend nightclubs and raves.  GHB is often manufactured in homes with recipes and ingredients found and purchased on the Internet.


GHB is a central nervous system depressant that can relax or sedate the body.  At higher doses, it can slow breathing and heart rate to dangerous levels.  GHB’s intoxicating effects begin 10 to 20 minutes after the drug is taken.  The effects typically last up to 4 hours, depending on the dosage.  At lower doses, GHB can relieve anxiety and produce relaxation, however, as the dose increases, the sedative effects may result in sleep and eventual coma or death.  Overdose of GHB can occur rather quickly, and the signs are similar to those of other sedatives.  GHB is cleared from the body quickly, so it is sometimes difficult to detect in emergency rooms and other treatment facilities.


If you would like more information about GHB, contact the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment at 800-662-4357, or visit them online at csat.samhsa.gov.


Phone code: 1786

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