What is GHB?
Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (“GHB”) and Gamma-butyrolactone (“GBL”) are designer “club drugs” known for inducing euphoria and lowering inhibitions. They are sometimes collectively referred to as “G.”
Drug addiction and substance abuse of GHB/GBL has been on the rise in recent years, as have incidents of overdose, hospitalization and death as a result of GHB/GBL overdose. Due to these drugs’ wide availability and relatively low cost, many become addicted to GHB or GBL. But those taking GHB and GBL, both addicts and more casual users, are oftentimes unaware of the dangers associated with their use and addiction, many of which are serious and can be deadly.
The Dangers of Using GHB and GBL
It is commonly misperceived that using GHB and GBL is safer than drinking alcohol or using other drugs, especially if taken in relatively small doses among friends or in public. The truth is that there is no safe level at which someone should use GHB or GBL in any setting.
It is exceedingly easy to overdose on GHB and GBL. This is in large part because each “batch” or bottle of these designer drugs varies in its composition, potency and effectiveness. GHB and GBL are oftentimes cut with a variety of unstudied and untested chemicals, many of which have harmful effects on the body. There is currently no reliable way to test the chemical makeup of a bottle of GHB or GBL, even in a laboratory setting.
GHB acts as a depressant on the body and mind. Overdose can lead to hospitalization or death in a variety of ways. Individuals have died from GHB or GBL overdose because of depressed respiration, i.e. they stopped breathing and suffocated while unconscious. Suffocation due to vomiting while unconscious is also a common cause of death among GHB and GBL addicts.
GHB + Alcohol: A Deadly Combination
Overdosing on GHB or GBL in club settings is oftentimes the result of mixing GHB or GBL with alcohol. It is incredibly dangerous to ingest GHB or GBL while drinking alcohol, regardless of the amount of the drug or drink. If you are an alcoholic, it is all the more dangerous for you to use these synthetic drugs.
Are You Engaged in GHB/GBL Use?
Help is available if you are using or addicted to GHB or GBL, and there is hope that you can be rehabilitated from addiction. Enrolling in a rehab for GHB/GBL addicts or outpatient recovery program is oftentimes an option. Contact us today to discuss risks specific to your case, options for rehab, and how you can take steps towards using these drugs less often or altogether.