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Gamma Hydroxy Butyrate (GHB) Fact Sheet
Everything you need to know about this dangerous date rape drug.
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A Q&A list of the most important things that you need to know about the date rape drug Gamma Hydroxy Butyrate (GHB).

What are the street names?

Easy Lay, EZ Lay, Liquid Ecstasy, Ellie, Clear X, Liquid X, X-rater, XTC, Chemical X, Liquid Dream, Scoop, Scoop Her, Get-Her-to-Bed.

What is it?

It is an odorless, colorless, liquid that acts on the central nervous system as a depressant/anesthesia. It was banned in the United States in 1990 under the Samantha Reid Date-Rape Prohibition Act of 2000. It is also illegal in Canada and many parts of Europe. It is not produced or manufactured by any pharmaceutical company; instead it is made in illegal drug labs or by amateur chemists in their homes. It can be easily made with common and readily available ingredients and novice chemistry skills and the recipe is easy to find. Making, possessing and/or using this drug is illegal.

What are the effects?

The most common effects include: euphoria, amnesia, intoxication, drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, amnesia, visual hallucinations, hypotension, brady-cardia, severe respiratory depression, and coma. In lower doses the most common side effects are: drowsiness, nausea, and hallucinations. In higher doses the most common side effects are: unconsciousness, seizures, severe respiratory depression, and coma. Since the drug is not standardized it is impossible to be certain what dosage you are taking or being given and accidental overdose is a distinct possibility.

How quickly does it act on/leave the system?

GHB begins to take effect 10 - 15 minutes after ingestion. The effects last for 3 - 6 hours when taken without alcohol and 36 - 72 hours when mixed with alcohol or other drugs. In very high dosages unconsciousness, or even coma, can occur within 5 minutes.

What does it look like?

It looks exactly like water.

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