SWIM was just channel hopping and came across the rather horrible UK chat show Jeremy Kyle but was drawn in by the title on the screen "the true effects of legal party drug".
For anyone that has ever seen the show, it doesn't take much for the host to over-dramatize a situation and so this was like gold dust to him. He admits he had never heard of the drug before today and compares it with heroin. A young man and his mother are interviewed and the guy is obviously in a bad way with a couple of attempts to detox that have resulted in a relapse, he is now being administered GBL by his Mother every 4 hours on recommendation of his drugs worker.
The young man admits that the major trigger for his relapse is an underlying depression so was pretty much self-medicating with GBL. There is pretty much no discussion of harm reduction even though the young man states he had very little knowledge or info about GBL before he started using-surely this is evidence to say we need more education about this substance. The show therapist then comes out and says it should obviously be banned and talks about the damage it is doing to its "victims".
There was no balanced view of the substance or indeed any mention of the history and the fact it only popped up after governments response to GHB. This program just bought into the media hype surrounding GBL at moment and is only making a bad situation worse. We need to change our response to emerging drug trends and realise it is how people are using these substances along with a lack of knowledge/education and not the actual drugs that are the problem. It was very disappointing to see that there was no mention of treatment options or where to access support.
Show shown on ITV 1 and should be available via itv player.
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