What is GHB?
Also known as Liquid X, Liquid Ecstasy, Oop, or Fantasy, GHB (Gamma Hydroxybutyrate) is a highly dangerous drug because of its odorless and colorless properties making it hard to detect. Since it is commonly mixed with alcohol, its mild salty and soapy taste can be hard to notice. GHB is commonly referred to as the “date rape drug” or the “club drug,” because it’s often slipped into alcoholic beverages at parties, bars, and clubs. The drug is purposely given to prospective sexual assault victims, so they lose consciousness, become sedated, and form amnesia so they can’t resist sexual assault. Learn more about GHB addiction below.
GHB can be bought on the streets or over the internet either as a white powder or liquid form. The drug is manufactured in illegal labs, produced commonly from the combination of a solvent used to strip floors, GBL, which is a drain cleaner. Its toxicity made the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declare GHB “unsafe and illegal” except when physician-supervised. Xyrem (sodium oxybate), the sodium salt of the drug, was named a Schedule III controlled substance by the FDA, requiring all consumers of the drug to enroll in a restricted access program. When it is used recreationally and not prescribed by a doctor, it becomes classified as a Schedule I drug, making it illegal.