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Experiences of Gamma Hydroxybutyrate Ingestion: A Focus Group Study (2007)

Experiences of Gamma Hydroxybutyrate Ingestion: A Focus Group Study (2007)

  1. Jatelka
    Journal of Psychoactive Drugs 2007 Jun;39(2):115-29

    Barker JC, Harris SL, Dyer JE.

    GHB (gamma hydroxybutyrate) is a significant new drug of abuse added to the United States Controlled Substance Act in 2000. The majority of the published literature on GHB consists of clinical case reports, mainly from emergency departments, and a collection of laboratory-based studies, focused mainly on anesthesia. While comments about the various experiences and behaviors of human users are often included in such studies or reports, these aspects of GHB are only just beginning to be systematically investigated or detailed. Reported here are data from a qualitative study using focus group methods on the consumption habits, experiences, and beliefs of GHB users. A total of 51 people, 30 men and 21 women, mean age of 31.1+/-7.6 years (range 18 to 52 years), who report having used GHB for an average of 4.3+/-2.5 years (range one to 11 years), were interviewed in 10 separate groups held in 2004. This article discusses broadly the general experience of the GHB high, major perceived benefits including sexual responses to the drug, perceived risks and dangers of ingestion, co-ingestion, and various contexts of use. It concludes with a discussion of the implications drawn from this information for clinicians treating patients who use GHB.

    Qualitative Study, looking at the consumption habits, experiences, and beliefs of GHB users.