Gamma-Hydroxybutyric Acid a Hypnotic Drug
GHB is an extremely powerful CNS Depressant also referred to as gamma-hydroxybutyrate acid. Our bodies produce its own central nervous system depressant but in rather small amounts. A man made (synthetic) version of CNS depressant was produced in the 1920s that was used as an anesthetic.
People have been abusing the synthetic version of GHB for a long time because of the euphoria and hypnotic relaxing effects this drug produces. Because GHB is used as an anesthetic, sexual predators also abuse this drug. Sneaking GHB into a beverage will incapacitate the intentional victim in order for the sexual abuse to take place. GHB among others are also considered ‘predatory drugs’ because of the sexual intent and abuse of the drug.
GHB is highly known as a date rape drug as sexual predators today use this drug to incapacitate their victims. However; if an individual takes a high dose of GHB the effects and include coma, seizures and even death. Watch this video to learn all the dangers associated with this illicit drug.
What is a Predatory Drug?
Predatory drugs for the most part have the same properties and effects when the drugs are used. They impair memory; they physically incapacitate the individual depending on the dosage and are undetectable to the victim. Some of the drugs that fall into this category are GHB, Rohypnol, Ketamine and GHB’s similar analogues which are GBL and 1, 4-BD.
GHB Affects: The victim is unable to resist the predator, some victims are unaware that the sexual assault took place until 12 hours after it happened, and since these drugs metabolize so quickly in the body proof of a drug induced attack may be hard to prove. Because memory is impaired the victim has little or no details of the attack so there is no evidence to go by.
There are other drugs that are equivalent to GHB and produce the same affects. Other drugs like GBL, BD, GHV, and GVL have the same chemical properties and sometimes are used instead of GHB. GHB and other drugs that closely resemble it are commonly sold in white powder form or in a clear liquid form. The taste of GHB and the other equivalent drugs is very salty so it needs to be hidden in alcohol or sweetened drinks.
GHB and other drugs that are equivalent are all illegal drugs and are considered Schedule 1 substances from the Controlled Substance Act. The reason these drugs are classified as Schedule 1 is because of the extremely high potential they have for abuse. GHB and similar drugs are in the same class as heroin and MDMA. None of these drugs have any legitimate medical purpose in the medical field.
How are GHB and Other Equivalent Drugs Abused?
Because of the salty taste, if GHB is abused for sexual intentions the drug is mixed into a sweetened or flavored beverage or drink. This usually takes place at parties or in bars. When GHB is used for sexual reasons, the dose is higher because they want their victims incapacitated.
Many people abuse GHB and other similar drugs because of the euphoric effects and are quite popular among teens and young adults; GHB is also referred to as a ‘club drug’. They usually dissolve GHB in alcohol beverages and consume it at parties, dance clubs, and all night parties that are known as raves. Some body builders have used GHB for the anabolic effects; these effects build up a person’s metabolism.
Street Names for GHB and Other Equivalent Drugs
Most all drugs that are misused and abused have street names that the drug users go by. The following names are used to refer to GHB:
- Georgia home boy
- Grievous bodily harm
- Easy lay
- Liquid ecstasy
Other names given to GHB and similar drugs are:
- Salty water
- Cherry meth
- Organic Quaalude
- Liquid E
- Liquid X
GHB Risks and Dangers
- Low blood pressure
- Respiratory distress
- Heart rate slows down
Mixing GHB with alcohol or other drugs is very dangerous. From January of 1992 until May of 2001 there were 60 deaths that were associated with mixing GHB with alcohol. The ages of those that died were from 20 years of age to 29 years old. Because GHB metabolizes so fast in the body no one really knows how many deaths for sure were related to this GHB-Alcohol combo. GHB doesn’t stay in the body and bloodstream long enough to know for certain.
GHB Addiction and Dependency
Chronic use and abuse of GHB leads to tolerance so the individual increases their dose when abusing this drug. Tolerance then leads to dependency and addiction in chronic GHB users which then can lead to severe withdrawal symptoms when the abuse stops. The more chronic abuse of GHB the more severe the withdrawal symptoms when detoxing from GHB and other equivalent drugs. Withdrawal symptoms can last for months.
GHB Withdrawal Symptoms
- Anxiousness and anxiety
- Dangerously fast heart rate which is called tachycardia
GHB Overdose Symptoms
- Very slowed heart rate
- Level of consciousness is decreased
- Possible dangerous respiratory problems
- Possible DEATH
GHB Addiction Treatment
Medically assisted detoxification is important during withdrawal symptoms. A chronic abuser of GHB should not try to detox alone. Drug rehabilitation centers offer extensive therapy and counseling that is beneficial when recovering from drug dependency. Professional Substance Abuse Treatment and Therapy lowers the risk of relapse which has been proven time and time again.
12 step programs. like narcotics anonymous have helped thousands of dependent drug users through group therapy which helps to lower the chance of relapse and increase their chance of recovery. Many individuals find it helpful to surround themselves with people who understand dependency and are there to offer support to each other.
Christian drug treatment programs offer excellent spiritual and faith based substance abuse treatment, counseling and therapy which many find not only beneficial but necessary when working toward recovery and sobriety.