(Gamma Hydroxy Butyrate)

What is GHB?

GHB stands for Gamma- Hydroxybutyrate. It serves as a central nervous system depressant that relaxes the body and can be used to treat narcolepsy. Narcolepsy is a sleeping disorder that causes excessive or sudden surprise sleep attacks. GHB is usually produced in white powder, clear liquid, capsule, and tablet form. It is known as a "date rape" drug because it can easily be into drinks.

How is the drug taken into the body?

Slang/ Street names for GHB

  • "G" (most commonly used)
  • Gamma-OH
  • Liquid E
  • Fantasy
  • Georgia Home Boy
  • Grievous Bodily Harm
  • Liquid X
  • Liquid Ecstasy (misnomer: not ecstasy)
  • Scoop
  • Water

How does the drug affect the body?

Short term effects

  • Drowsiness
  • Hypothermia
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headache

Long term effects

  • Coma
  • Impaired breathing
  • Insomnia
  • Seizures
  • Slurred speech
  • Impaired memory and judgement

Signs of abuse

  • Mood swings
  • Signs of depression
  • Trouble remembering recent events that have happened
  • Unproductive performance in school or work
  • Change in behavior
- Mood swings
- Depression
- Restless
  • Change in personality

Dependence/ Addiction

GHB can be both a physically and psychologically addictive