GHB, or Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate, commonly known by it's street name, Georgia Home Boy
, sounds like something rugged and fun, but the truth is GHB is a chemical compound that kills. A mainstream drug at clubs and raves, it goes under a variety of street names such as Liquid X, Lollipops or Easy Lay — in reference to its use as a date rape drug.
Sometimes called Hillbilly Heroin, GHB is a cheap and easy compound to synthesize in home basement labs — another reason why it has gained popularity among teens and young adults. When combined with other drugs or alcohol, GHB lives up to its other nickname — “grievous bodily harm.” A certain form of this compound, brand name Xyrem, has therapeutic value as a treatment for narcolepsy, as well.
GHB is a depressant comparable to alcohol and Ecstasy. Users feel a sense of euphoria and enhanced sensuality when they take the drug in small doses. In larger amounts, they experience:
- Vision changes
In some cases, it renders the user unconscious and open to sexual abuse. Sixty-nine percent of users admit to losing consciousness when high on GHB. The drug is odorless, so it can be slipped into a drink, but GHB is known to taste vile. Here’s a tip: if your drink suddenly tastes awful, spit it out. If someone encourages you to try a cool but very sour lemon drink (which is one way that sexual predators convince women to gulp the nasty tasting GHB without knowing it), don’t do it. One gulp of GHB is all it takes to make you a possible victim of sexual assault.