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  • GHB (Gamma hydroxybutyrate) usually comes as an odorless liquid, slightly salty to the taste, and sold in small bottles. It has also been found in powder and capsule form.

  • It is classified as a sedative-hypnotic, and was originally developed as a sleep-aid.

  • A similar drug, "GBL," is often sold under different names and turns into GHB in the body, having the same effect.




  • At lower doses GHB has a euphoric effect similar to alcohol, and can make the user feel relaxed, happy and sociable.

  • Higher doses can make the user feel dizzy and sleepy, and can sometimes cause vomiting, muscle spasms, and loss of consciousness.

  • Overdoses will always cause loss of consciousness (temporary coma), and will slow down breathing. Sometimes, and particularly if mixed with alcohol, GHB can slow breathing down to a dangerously low rate, which has caused a number of deaths.




  • Mixing GHB with alcohol or other depressants is extremely dangerous and has caused many deaths due to respiratory failure.

  • Passing out on GHB by itself is also dangerous and potentially life-threatening.

  • Don't drive on GHB. One dose can impair motor coordination by as much as six drinks of alcohol. Also, the effects come on fast and, unlike alcohol, cannot be controlled or paced.

  • Regular, daily use of GHB can cause physical dependency with harsh withdrawal symptoms.

  • GHB is illegal and possession can result in long prison terms

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