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Date Rape Drugs and a Children's Toy

By Cathy Creger Rosenbaum · November 20th, 2007 · The Road to Wellness
You've probably heard about the Chinese-made arts and crafts toy called Aqua Dots and its connection to a chemical called gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB). Aqua Dots are beads that can be arranged into interesting designs and fused together when sprayed with water. GHB is naturally occurring, made in small amounts within our body and most highly concentrated in our brain.

GHB can also be produced from the chemical coating of Aqua Dots, an adhesive solvent, when water is added to Aqua Dots and they are accidentally ingested. That's just what has happened to several children, who experienced severe effects, causing the toy to be recalled.

First synthesized in the 1960s, GHB has been used as a general anesthetic. In the 1980s, GHB was touted in health food stores as a safe dietary supplement alternative to anabolic steroids. In 1990, the FDA placed GHB on Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act prohibiting its sale and manufacture, though in 2002 it was allowed for use in treating cataplexy attacks in people with narcolepsy.

Today, GHB is an illegally manufactured street drug called Juice, Liquid Ecstasy, Liquid X, Fantasy, Salty Water, GBH, Grievous Bodily Harm, Georgia Home Boy, Somatomax, Goop and G. In low doses GHB can cause euphoria, increased libido and increased enjoyment of movement and music and is consumed as a club drug or at rave parties.

Most illegal GHB is produced as a salt and when mixed with an alcoholic drink will ruin the taste of the drink by making it extremely salty. It's important to note that there are other forms of GHB available on the street and via the Internet such as an acid that also tastes bad, as well as other salts that don't have an unusual taste and are more difficult to trace. GHB is used as a date rape drug to intoxicate the victim so they won't remember the experience.

At high doses, GHB can cause dizziness, drowsiness, depressed breathing, central nervous system depression, amnesia and even death. Remember that there's no reliable way to estimate the actual dose content of GHB since manufacturing is erratic.

Death is most likely when high dose GHB is combined with alcohol or other prescription depressant drugs like benzodiazepines (i.e., Valium, Xanax, Ativan) or barbiturates. Alcohol is contained in some liquid cough and cold preparations, and dietary supplements like Kava Kava may cause additive drowsiness when consumed with GHB.

GHB can be physically and psychologically addicting with regular use.

DR. CATHY CREGER ROSENBAUM is a Holistic Clinical Pharmacist and the founder and CEO of Rx Integrative Solutions. Contact her via www.rxintegrativesolutions.com.


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