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Gammahydroxybutrate (GHB or ‘Liquid Ecstasy' and GBL (gammabutyrolactone) are closely related, dangerous drugs with sedative and anaesthetic effects. GBL converts to GHB shortly after entering the body. GBL and GHB have much the same effects. Both can kill you and are particularly dangerous when used with alcohol and other depressant or sedative substances including recreational drugs.

Slang: Street names for drugs vary around the country.GHB, GBH, Liquid Ecstasy, GBL.

The Risks

• Using both GHB and GBL can cause unconsciousness, coma and death.
• Even experienced users are at risk from death by intoxication.
• There is some evidence that taking these drugs with alcohol or other sedative drugs adds to the risk of harm.
• But it is also clear that GHB and GBL can cause death when taken on their own.
• Because GHB and GBL can really knock you out it's been linked to drug assisted sexual assault.



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