Campus Response to Date Rape Drugs:
Most often administered as a clear liquid with a salty taste, GHB can cause intoxication followed by deep sedation, lasting up to to 8 hours. Victims may experience reduced inhibitions, nausea, convulsions, amnesia and loss of consciousness. Mixed with alcohol, GHB can cause the central nervous system to shut down, resulting in respiratory distress, coma or even death. The effects can take place within 15 minutes.
Due to its potential calming and euphoric effects, GHB has become popular at clubs and raves. It has also been promoted as as muscle-builder, but its effectiveness has never been proven.
Chemical names for GHB: Gamma-hydroxybutyrate; gamma-hydroxy-butyramine; gamma hydroxybutyric acid.
Street names for GHB include: Grievous Bodily Harm, Liquid G, Somatomax, Cherry Meth, Easy Lay and Gamma 10.
Law: It is illegal to manufacture, deliver or possess GHB in Illinois.