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GHB – is short for Gamma-hydroxybutyrate. GHB is made from a chemical used to clean electrical circuit boards, and is available in clear liquid, white powder, tablet and capsule form. GHB is classified as a downer because it acts like a sedative and/or a depressant to the nervous system. It produces a sense of euphoria, intoxication and hallucinations with alcohol like effects. Because it produces such a rapid progression from drowsiness to sleep, it is often used as a “date-rape” drug. Since this drug is colorless and odorless it often can be mixed into drinks without detection.. When mixed with alcohol the drowsiness effects can take place very fast and make a person less likely to fight back during an assault.

Street Names – GHB:

GHB, "G" (most common), Gamma-OH, Liquid E, Fantasy, Georgia Home Boy, Grievous Bodily Harm, Liquid X, Liquid Ecstasy (is not ecstasy), Scoop, Water, Everclear, Great Hormones at Bedtime, GBH, Soap, Easy Lay, Salty Water, G-Riffick, Cherry Meth, and Organic Quaalude, Jib.

Short-term effects:

  • Can relieve anxiety and produce relaxation
  • Nausea
  • Loss of muscle control
  • Potentially fatal respiratory problems
  • Seizures
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Tremors
  • Sweating

Long-term effects:

  • Coma
  • Difficulty thinking
  • Hallucinations
  • Slurred speech
  • Headaches
  • Amnesia