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Transcript of GHB
What does it do?
GHB is a naturally occurring component of human cells. It was initially sold and promoted in health food stores to improve physical performance, reduce stress, induce sleep, build muscle, and burn fat. It is now often found and (illegally) used in social environments, such as parties, clubs, and raves, for its intoxicating, euphoric, and sedative effects. Large doses of GHB can result in severe effects such as intense nausea, loss of muscle control and even death.
Symptoms of Addiction and Withdrawal
The History and Use of GHB
And the effect on your health
Also known as one of the "date rape" drugs, GHB is an insomnia drug which also acts as a nervous system depressant.
Some other names are:
Georgia Home Boy
Grievous Bodily Harm
GHB was discovered as a naturally occurring chemical in the brain. In the 1960's, it was used as an anesthetic, but abandoned by doctors for its mediocre pain relief. In the 80's it was used to increase muscle mass and appearance and was declared unsafe and banned from stores by the FDA.
The body starts to adapt to the flow of GHB in its system. When the amount of GHB is not supplied to its usual amount, the person experiences withdrawal, which makes them have anxiety, tremors, insomnia, confusion, delirium, and hallucinations.
Rehabilitation centers are for GHB addicts to recover from their addiction. When entering each facility, they fill out paperwork and the staff checks all clothing and containers for drugs. Until the addict is considered clean, they live in a sober house.
Amounts of GHB occur naturally in the human brain. However, illegal types created and distributed are made by combining GBL (gamma butyrolactone) and Sodium Hydroxide or Potassium Hydroxide. In simpler words, its a combination of active ingredients in de-greasing solvent or floor stripper mixed with drain cleaner.
Whether the victim is unwittingly administered the drug or willingly ingests it for recreational use is irrelevant -the person is victimized because of their inability to consciously consent to sexual acts. Because GHB is tasteless and odorless, it makes it very easy for a victim to unknowingly consume it. This causes many people to be unable to protect themselves from unsafe situations in social environments.