Club Drugs Part 1: GHB
This week we are talking about GHB, a drug that has been illegal since the early 1990s. GHB has become recognized as a date-rape drug due to its effects on the body.
GHB stands for Gamma Hydroxybutyrate; which are fancy words for danger. It also goes by some of these other names:
- Liquid X
- Liquid ecstasy
- Cherry Meth
- Georgia homeboy
- Scoop or Goop
Good night Cinderella
GHB can be made from ingredients like GBL (gamma-butyrolactone) which is a chemical used as a paint stripper.
As a date-rape drug it is put into the drinks of unsuspecting victims at places like night clubs and raves. However,don’t assume that as long as you go to parties at someone’s house that something like that can’t happen. GHB can be mixed into drinks, smoked, or snorted. Liquid form is the most commonly abused. If you head out in the streets you will find GHB primarily being sold in liquid form by the dose, and in some places you will find candy such as lollipops dipped in GHB and then sold. GHB by itself has a salty or soapy taste but when it is mixed in a drink you probably wouldn’t notice.
- It can cause people to throw up, slow their heart rate, and make it hard to breathe.
- At high doses, it can result in a coma or death.
- It is a tasteless, and colorless when dissolved in a drink.
- Mixing it with alcohol makes these effects worse.
- GHB can take effect in 15 to 30 minutes, and the effects may last for 3 to 6 hours.
If you ingest GHB in any form, it will attack the central nervous system. Once GHB has affected the central nervous system, it can cause you to become incapable of controlling your body. It also can cause amnesia which means you are at the mercy of whoever is around you. With the effects of GHB lasting anywhere between three and six hours, that leaves a lot of time for you to not know what is being done to you.
Researchers and scientists are trying to find a way for the average person to test their drinks for GHB. So far, the only methods that have been found are really expensive and/ or the time it takes to get the results are too long. This means that most testing can only happen after you have been drugged. No matter what you are drinking, even if it’s sodas or juice, people can slip drugs in your drinks—so pour all drinks yourself and never leave them unattended (even if you have to take them into the bathroom with you).
- If you take your eyes off of your drink even briefly and there are people around, don’t drink it and consider getting a new one.
- As said above take your drink with you wherever you go, even to the bathroom. It may sound dumb but it will keep you safe.
- Pour your own drinks when that’s possible to do.
- Consider drinking something with a lid so things can’t be easily slipped into your drink.
- Bring an empty bottle that has a lid and pour your drink into the bottle.
If you have any doubts about your drink, just don’t drink it. Do you have any tips or suggestions? Comment below with them so we can help each other stay safe out there.
If you think that you were a victim to this drug, reach out to someone. If you or someone you know needs help, Youth Outreach is available. Stop by or give us a call at 1.866.538.8023.