GHB is the abbreviation of Gamma Hydroxybutyrate, which is a central nervous system (CNS) sedative. GHB was termed as an FDA approved prescription-only sedative in 1990. It is commonly known on the street as a â€œclub drugâ€ or â€œdate rape drug.â€ GHB is a very popular recreational drug amongst the younger generation and is a common feature of many all-night dance parties or â€˜raves.â€™ The drug is often placed in alcoholic beverages to enhance its effect. Increased energy, elation, improved sex drive and mental serenity are some of the positive effects of GHB use.
Adverse effects of GHB range from sweating, loss of concentration and consciousness, nausea, blurred vision, amnesia and even coma. GHB is a colorless and odorless drug; when combined with alcohol or any other beverage, it may be given to an unsuspicious victim before sexual assaults. This has resulted in frequent date rape incidents involving GHB in the US and around the world in recent years. The victim is left powerless due to the tranquillizing effects of GHB and is unable to resist any sexual assault.
Other names for GHB, also known as the date rape drug, include:
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