GHB Addiction

GHB is one of a number of psychoactive drugs, which are frequently combined with alcohol by teens and young adults at bars, nightclubs and parties. Other club drugs include Rohypnol, Ketamine, Ecstasy (MDMA) and methamphetamine.

First developed in 1960 to provide pain relief, GHB has been used by body builders to aid fat reduction and stimulate muscle growth but since the 1990s has become a popular 'club drug'.

Used to treat sleep disorders...

GHB is more normally used to treat those who suffer from sleep disorders because it possesses much higher concentrations of a chemical neuro-transmitter naturally produced by the human brain. The drug acts as a more powerful depressant of the nervous system with the ability to sedate and incapacitate.

Induces sleep but also coma and death...

Typically available in liquid, tablet, capsule or powder form, GHB is colourless and odourless, which had led it to be used in the same way as the more well known Rohypnol, commonly called a 'date rape' drug. Affecting at least two areas of the brain, high doses of GBH induces sleep but can also lead to coma and death.

Symptoms and Warning Signs

Repeated use of GHB develops as a result of a compulsive need to feel relaxed, uninhibited and less anxious.

GHB addiction sets in when heavy users develop a tolerance, which needs more of the drug to be taken for the user to experience the same high.

Attempts to stop using the drug can lead in as little as one hour to experiencing withdrawal symptoms, including:
  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Tremors and sweating
  • Chest pain, bone and muscle aches
  • Nausea
  • Insomnia
  • Hallucinations

Further physical reactions can include:
  • Slowed heart rate and breathing
  • Reduced body temperature
  • Vomiting and / or diarrhoea
  • Short-term amnesia
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Coma and seizures
  • Loss of consciousness

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