Classification of GHB
Slang terms and Street Names
- Georgia Home Boy
- Grievous Bodily Harm
- Liquid Ecstasy
- Liquid X
Ways GHB can be ingested
- Mixed into a drink
- As it comes as clear liquid or white powder, it can be slipped into a drink, and as a result is considered a “date rape” drug as it usually goes unnoticed
Medicinal Uses of GHB
- Used as a prescription sleep-aid
- In 2002, approved for treatment of a rare form of narcolepsy
How GHB alters consciousness
Effects of GHB
Psychological: effects are similar to those seen with alcohol. Effects include relaxation, reduced inhibitions, euphoria, confusion, dizziness, drowsiness, sedation, inebriation, agitation, combativeness, and hallucinations.
Physiological: Nausea, vomiting, profuse sweating, somnolence, visual disturbances, nystagmus, loss of peripheral vision, short-term amnesia, uncontrolled shaking or seizures, bradycardia, hypothermia, suppression of gag reflex, respiratory depression, and transient or unarousable unconsciousness.
Duration: Effects generally last 2-5 hours
A myth about GHB
- There are actually many cases involving GHB alone that resulted in death.