GHB--dangerous, addictive and uncontrollable party drug
2001 (Swedish)In: Läkartidningen, ISSN 0023-7205, Vol. 98, no 38, 4026-31, 4033 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This report reviews the pharmacology, toxicity and abuse pattern of gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB). The legislative changes pertaining to this substance are also addressed. Examples of abuse, driving under the influence and fatal intoxication are given. It is concluded that GHB is widely abused, particularly among the younger generation, and that further cases of severe intoxication are likely to occur as long as the substance is easily available from countless sources, including via the Internet. Despite the classification of GHB as a narcotic in Sweden and several other countries, continued problems are expected since the precursors gamma-butyrolactone (GBL) and 1,4-butanediol (BD) are widely--and legally--available.
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2001. Vol. 98, no 38, 4026-31, 4033 p.
4-Butyrolactone/adverse effects/chemistry/metabolism/poisoning, Accidents; Traffic, Adult, Butylene Glycols/adverse effects/chemistry/metabolism/poisoning, Drug and Narcotic Control, Fatal Outcome, Forensic Medicine, Humans, Sodium Oxybate/adverse effects/chemical synthesis/chemistry/poisoning, Street Drugs/adverse effects/chemical synthesis/chemistry/poisoning, Substance-Related Disorders/*etiology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-12880PubMedID: 11602959OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-12880DiVA: diva2:152551