GHB

Also known as G, liquid ecstasy, grievous bodily harm, Georgia Home Boy, EZ-lay, and its medical name Gamma Hydroxy Butyrate. Appears as a clear liquid or—less commonly—white powder, tablet or capsule. Distinguishing features include slightly salty taste, but the drug is usually odorless and tasteless when mixed in any drink. Used by sexual predators and other criminals who incapacitate their victims for their own gratification.

Found in

beverages at parties, bars or clubs with rapists and robbers

gyms with bodybuilders, as it used for supposed muscle enhancement

Effects

GHB is a nervous system depressant. Any form of the drug can be taken orally. Mixing this drug with alcohol multiplies the drug’s depressant
effect and poses great health risks to the user.

Small doses of GHB relax and sedate the body but can easily cause the user to become unconscious or to lapse into a coma. Combining even low doses of GHB with alcohol can be deadly. Large doses significantly depress heart and breathing rates and may result in death.

GHB is classified as a date rape drug because it is relatively tasteless and odorless. Unsuspecting victims may not detect GHB when poured into a sweet or tangy beverage. Once ingested, victims are vulnerable to attack.

GHB has been popular for many years among bodybuilders as an aid to reduce body fat and promote muscle development. Accidental overdose on larger amounts of GHB is not uncommon since the concentration of the drug is difficult to determine.

GHB is a Schedule I controlled substance in the United States because it has a high potential for abuse. It is not currently accepted for medical use.

What GHB does to your

Brain—At high doses, the sedative effects result in heavy sleep and eventual coma or death.

Heart—Causes Bradycardia (slow heart rate).

Liver—Puts users at risk for liver failure because the drug has a direct toxic effect on the liver.

Lungs—Causes severe respiratory depression. Overdoses are very unpredictable and can come on very quickly