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Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is a depressant that affects the central nervous system. It was first created in the 1920’s and was under development as an anesthetic agent in the 1960’s. GHB is produced naturally in the human body in very small amounts, but its purpose or function is unclear. The drug came on the scene recently as a club drug at all-night dance parties and raves. GHB causes both an intense, euphoric high and sometimes it even causes hallucinations. GHB has caused many young people to require emergency medical care. Because the liquid is odorless and colorless, GHB diluted in drinks is virtually undetectable and sometimes is slipped unknowingly into someone else's drinks. This is why the drug got the nickname of the “date rape drug” because would-be rapists would slip the drug into an unsuspecting victim’s glass and then take advantage of their compromised state.
Surprisingly, some people actually take this drug on purpose for the euphoric high that it produces. This practice is also extremely dangerous because in addition to the side effects, the drug can be addictive. This means that the longer you use it, you need to use more and more to reach the same level of “high” and if you stop taking it, you go through withdrawal.
The drug is sometimes used in combination with other party drugs, like Ecstasy and alcohol, which increases its risks, and can be lethal. GHB is most frequently illegally produced in home basement labs, usually in the form of a liquid that has no odor or color. It is known as a designer drug because it is specifically made for the purpose of getting people high.
GHB has many unpleasant side effects. These include drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and vision changes. People who...

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GHB is a deadly, addictive street drug. While there are cases of its abuse each and every day, there are also stories of great sadness, with young lives ended tragically by abusing this potent drug. Teenagers and young adults often think that no harm will come to them. When you start taking drugs like GHB and mixing them with alcohol and other street drugs, the effects can be catastrophic. The more you lose your inhibitions, the more of the drug you take until something tragic happens. Obviously, this is why these types of drugs are illegal. But being illegal isn’t enough. Teenagers need to know that these drugs are out there and commit to making good choices before their awareness becomes impaired. Knowledge is power, especially in cases like these.
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