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November 12, 2019
The toxicity of GHB is incredibly difficult to determine because it affects individuals differently. This increases the chance of overdose because appropriate doses must be determined on an individual basis each time the drug is consumed: what was not enough to cause a response during the last use may now cause extreme adverse reactions. This is especially true when the drug is combined with alcohol, as it’s effects may be doubled or tripled due to the presence of an additional depressant.
Symptoms of GHB use set in fairly quickly- in about 15 minutes. When an abuser does not experience any effects within the expected time frame, they will likely consume more of the illicit drug, compounding the two doses and leading to dangerously high levels of GHB in their system and possible overdose. Symptoms of GHB overdose can set in just as quickly as initial symptoms of use. The victim may experience slurred speech and incoherency that can confused as drunkenness by impaired bystanders. Loss of balance, vomiting, and the inability to stand can also be confused as a result of alcohol consumption, thereby deemed unconcerning. Unfortunately most witnesses are not aware of impending dangers until the victim has lost consciousness and is unresponsive as well as experiencing difficulty breathing or begins experiencing convulsions. At this point prompt medical attention is necessary as the victim’s life is in danger. Fear of legal repercussions have lead to unintentional neglect and death in past situations- don’t let fear cost someone their life.
Early and swift response to a possible overdose can be the difference between life and death. Do not wait for symptoms to worsen. If you suspect someone is overdosing, even without the presence of classic symptoms, respond immediately.