Substance Abuse: Medical and Slang Terminology

Humera Hamid, BA; Rif S. El-Mallakh, MD; Keith Vandeveir, CADC

Disclosures

South Med J. 2005;98(3):350-362. 

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γ-Hydroxybutyrate

Slang terms

GHB, sexual assault drug, date rape drug, grievous bodily harm, easy lay, gook, gamma 10, liquid X, liquid E, liquid G, Georgia home boy, soap, scoop, salty water, somatomax, GG-riffick, cherry meth, fantasy, organic quaalude, nature's quaalude, zonked

Active ingredient

-hydroxybutyrate

Source

Synthetic

Pharmacological classification

CNS depressant

Medical use

Once sold in health food stores as performance enhancing additive to body builder formulae, now banned by FDA; analgesic effects plus amnesia

Abuse form

Capsules; grainy, white to sandy-colored powder

Usage method

Taken orally or dissolved in liquids like water and alcoholic beverages

Effects sought

Intoxication, deep sedation

Adverse effects

Chemical burns to esophagus, mouth and throat; amnesia; seizures, respiratory depression; coma and possible death with overdose

Detectable in urine

Yes

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