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GHB was originally designed to be an anaesthetic for surgery.

Definition: GHB (gamma hydroxybutyrate) is a depressant drug which has severe sedative effects.

As a depressant drug, GHB slows down the body’s functions. GHB was originally designed to be an anaesthetic for surgery.

Due to its sedative effects, GHB has been used to spike drinks and is therefore known as the “date rape drug”.

Despite its original form being white powder or crystals, GHB is often made into a liquid form, sold in small bottles. The liquid is usually clear or coloured blue.

GHB can taste salty or bitter, but when it is mixed into a drink it is often hard to detect.

Other nicknames for GHB include: g, grievous bodily harm, liquid, liquid ecstasy or liquid e, blue nitro, soap.

Effects: The list of effects on this website are not definitive or exhaustive.

The effects of GHB can include:

  • acting out of character, doing things you might not normally do or may regret
  • heightened emotions and/or senses (feeling overexcited, feeling upset, heightened sense of touch)
  • taking more risks than usual
  • increased sex drive
  • drowsiness
  • dizziness
  • tremors
  • gaps in your memory
  • blackouts
  • lacking coordination
  • headaches
  • low body temperature
  • nausea or sick feeling
  • becoming disorientated and/or confused
  • feeling irritated or annoyed
  • seeing, feeling, hearing, smelling or experiencing things that are not really there
  • vomiting
  • slower heart rate
  • diarrhoea or losing control of your bladder
  • seizures
  • heart attack
  • going into a coma
  • Overdose

Drug use can have a range of social consequences and can have impact not only on an individual, but also their relationships and their work or study. Drug use can cause financial issues, family problems and can also have legal consequences.

If you are concerned about your own or another person’s drug use we encourage you to seek professional help and assistance.

There are always risks associated with drug use. No use at all is the safest option.

If you suspect someone’s drink has been spiked, stay with them and seek urgent medical attention. If the person is unconscious or seriously unwell, call triple zero (000) immediately.

To report a drink spiking incident, which is not an emergency, call NSW Police on 131 444 or visit your local police station.

Further information and support:

If you suspect an overdose call triple zero (000) immediately.

In an emergency or crisis situation always call triple zero (000) for police, fire and ambulance and follow instructions.

  • Visit the Australian Drug Foundation’s Drug Info website for information about drink spiking

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