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Drug Information

This section of our website contains health and safety information pertaining to some of the more commonly used recreational drugs. The first page in each drug section presents simple, basic facts explaining what the drug is, its effects, the main risks of using it, and the most important health and safety information for reducing the risks and harms associated with it.

          Cannabis               Cocaine                 Ecstasy                 Meth

          Ketamine               Steriods                GHB                     Mushrooms

          
Nitrous Oxide        LSD                      2C-B                     Herion

          
Oxycontin             Alcohol                 Tobacco               Inhalants

  

GHB

WHAT IS GHB?

  • GHB (Gamma hydroxybutyrate) usually comes as an odorless liquid, slightly salty to the taste, and sold in small bottles. It has also been found in powder and capsule form.
  • It is classified as a sedative-hypnotic, and was originally developed as a sleep-aid.
  • A similar drug, "GBL," is often sold under different names and turns into GHB in the body, having the same effect.


WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS?

  

  • At lower doses GHB has a euphoric effect similar to alcohol, and can make the user feel relaxed, happy and sociable.
  • Higher doses can make the user feel dizzy and sleepy, and can sometimes cause vomiting, muscle spasms, and loss of consciousness.
  • Overdoses will always cause loss of consciousness (temporary coma), and will slow down breathing. Sometimes, and particularly if mixed with alcohol, GHB can slow breathing down to a dangerously low rate, which has caused a number of deaths.


DANGERS!

  

  • Mixing GHB with alcohol or other depressants is extremely dangerous and has caused many deaths due to respiratory failure.
  • Passing out on GHB by itself is also dangerous and potentially life-threatening.
  • Don't drive on GHB. One dose can impair motor coordination by as much as six drinks of alcohol. Also, the effects come on fast and, unlike alcohol, cannot be controlled or paced.
  • Regular, daily use of GHB can cause physical dependency with harsh withdrawal symptoms.
  • GHB is illegal and possession can result in long prison terms.
  • Some people dye their GHB blue with food coloring in order to distinguish it from regular water.
  • WHAT IF SOMEONE OVERDOSES?
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  • If you are at a rave or nightclub and someone falls unconscious or has a seizure, call an ambulance immediately.
  • While waiting for an ambulance, lay the person on their side (recovery position) so if they vomit they won't choke. Make sure their air passage is clear and their chin is not pressed up against their chest.