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GHB Addiction, Effects and Risks

GHB is most commonly known as the ‘date rape drug’ because it can be inconspicuously administered to unsuspecting victims.  But did you know it’s also used recreationally and has addictive properties?

GHB addiction is on the rise as people seek out its disinhibiting properties, prompting a growing number of people to seek treatment for GHB addiction

GHB or Gamma Hydroxybutyrate (C4H8O3) is a nervous system depressant. Tasteless, colourless and odourless, it can easily be slipped into someone’s drink without their noticing, causing them to lose consciousness and become the perfect target for rape.  Hence its moniker, the ‘date rape drug’.

GHB addiction

But GHB is also growing in popularity as a party drug, particularly in club and rave scenes. The drug causes users to feel relaxed, euphoric and social.  It’s often taken while drinking, though alcohol and GHB can be a deadly combination.

  • Amnesia
  • Lack of inhibitions
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Unconsciousness
  • Slowed breathing
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Respiratory depression
  • Cardiovascular collapse
  • Muscle pain
  • Extreme anxiety
  • Seizures

Read the full article, including signs of GHB overdose, here – GHB Effects and Addiction: Not Just a ‘Date Rape Drug’.

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  1. Hi,
    It’s good to know the exact symptoms of GHB. It initally looks like the condition could have been a number of things but the info here really helps define GHB addiction.

    Thanks!

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