GHB: The EZ Lay Drug

There is a local mystery in Santa Rosa, CA., about a straight A girl of 14 who spent the night at her friends home and was found dead. At first, it seemed rather obvious to investigators, since the girls admitted to drinking vodka and the coroner thought it was excessive alcohol poisoning. Then, the police thought that maybe the girls mistakenly thought they had drank a cleaning solvent looking like vodka.

Prior to the death, witnesses (other girls spending the night) indicated they began vomiting. Then things settled down and the girls went to bed and all but one woke up. The dead one, police thought might had choked on her vomit.

The odd thing was that toxicology reports indicated that none of the girls had much alcohol in their blood and the autopsy of the dead girl indicated she did not choke. Baffled, investigators then ordered a potpourri of drug tests of the most common drugs, which all were negative. Then, tests began of obscure designer drugs. That is when GHB, or the date rape drug was found. Tests revealed slight traces of it in the cups drank from and in a water bottle.

Now the cause of death was asphyxia as the drug can greatly reduce one's breathing down to serious levels. The problem remains, how and where did the GHB come from?

All parents should tell their teen daughters to avoid accepting any drink, especially at parties, or clubs, that arrive already opened or in a glass UNLESS the girl\woman observes the drink being mixed and chain of custody from the source to their hands. If one is at a bar, watch the person making the drink. If a friend or date brings you a drink, refuse, unless you observed the chain of custody of the drink. If the drink is in a large bowl, let others drink it first and wait to see if odd effects happen.

GHB is clear liquid or white powder and sells for $5-25 on the street. Street names are: Liquid Ecstasy, Easy Lay, Georgia homeboy. The drug has no taste, no oder and no color in liquid form, it is white in powder form and may have a slight salty taste. In small amounts, it produces euphoria at first, later, drowsiness, nausea, and dizziness. Hence, the date rape drug when the female is totally out of it. When she wakes up, she will not recall anything that happened to her. If too much of the drug is given, the person will go into a coma, will vomit, will have a body drop in temperature, tremors, very slow breathing. It does not take much to be too much.

GHB was sold over the counter in the 90s, but has since been sold only as prescription for weight loss.

So, police in Santa Rosa are asking where did the GHB come from. Obviously, most likely, it was put in the drink by a friend at the sleep over as a joke (since the parents were not around) to, you know, get high or drunk, to experiment. They are teens, after all. So far, nobody knows anything. Mum is the word and this tragic event ruined many lives.


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