Many have heard of crack, cocaine, and other such drugs that are abused in Quebec by those who are struggling with addiction. But one drug name in particular that may have slipped through the cracks for most is GHB also known as gamma hydroxybutyrate “a colorless and odorless drug and/or central nervous depressant used illicitly for ‘recreational’ purposes and for ‘date rape.'” Yet while we’ve heard of the phrase “date rape drugs” how does GHB relate, and what are the effects of it on those who are addicted.
First and foremost, GHB can cause a number of health risks, especially for those in the province of Quebec experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Some of these effects include but are not limited to “sweating, loss of consciousness, nausea, auditory and visual hallucinations, headaches, vomiting, exhaustion, sluggishness, amnesia, confusion, and clumsiness.” And while these negative effects may seem “small” at first, they may result in death if one’s not careful.
In turn, while some may not get a choice in the matter, and/or consent to taking GHB, others use the substance willingly in pursuit of how it makes them feel. It is at this point in which they might find themselves becoming addicted to the drug and struggling to overcome it. That’s why it is of great importance that they get the help they need before it’s too late, especially if they mix the drug with fatal combinations such as alcohol. This can heighten the possibility of an overdose and effect the individual significantly. However, feelings and/or emotions such as euphoria are only one of the few “positive” effects that oftentimes lures addicts right back in.
In conclusion, GHB is a dangerous drug in Quebec not only for the addict himself/herself, but for the general public as well. No matter whether the person is using recreationally, or whether he/she has zero say in the matter, this drug can introduce a plethora of problems, doing a lot more harm than help. As a result, it is best for those who have been using the substance knowingly to get both necessary and needed treatment as soon as possible. In doing so, they might be able to resume living a healthy drug free life a whole lot quicker. The percentage and/or amount of people in the Quebec population who use this drug can then decrease lowering the health risk, and instead increasing one’s well being.