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GHB Prohibition: Codification of Moral Mass Hysteria

[disinfo ed.’s note: this original essay was first published by disinformation on November 23, 2001.]

Banned by the Food and Drug Administration in 1990, gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB), an alleged aphrodisiac and muscle enhancer, continues to wreak havoc.
~~ New York Times (“Love Hurts”)

The popularity of date rape drugs–like the clear, slightly salty-tasting liquid GHB–has prompted bar owners and law enforcement agencies around the state to launch aggressive public awareness campaigns.
~~ Los Angeles Times (Dirmann)

Gamma-hydroxybutyrate, or GHB, is known as a date-rape drug because it is often used on sexual assault victims. It is also gaining popularity as a recreational drug.
~~ Minnesota Daily (Olson)

GHB is so new, experts say, that few are aware of its danger. And at the raves, it’s becoming the rage.
~~ CNN (“Trendy Drug”)

These reports luridly describe GHB as “an alleged aphrodisiac and muscle enhancer” that “continues to wreak havoc,” as a “date-rape drug,” as a “recreational drug,” and as a “new” and popular drug at “raves.” These usually credible news sources deride GHB as a threat to society with little legitimate use.… Read the rest

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GHB: The Perfect Drug?

[disinfo ed.’s note: this original essay was first published by disinformation on November 9, 2000. Some links may have expired.]

Gamma-hydroxybutyrate is a naturally occurring carbohydrate present in virtually every kind of meat-based food. In its clinically synthesized form, GHB is prescribed by doctors as a treatment for sleep disorders, anxiety, schizophrenia, lack of libido, and as an aid to childbirth (GHB enhances dilation of the cervix). For years it has been used by body builders and more recently, as a recreational drug on the club scene, but the substance first became widely known in the U.S. when it was rumored that GHB was the cause of River Phoenix’s death in 1993. Although this story was 100% urban myth (club kids curious on how to die from drugs should look up ‘Heroin’ in the dictionary), it is typical of the misrepresentation which has followed GHB since it first came into our collective consciousness (a Newsweek report from this time incorrectly defined GHB as ‘an obscure and dangerous steroid substitute.’)

There are a lot of people with legitimate intentions who believe GHB is vitally dangerous to your physical well being, and you would do well to do some research before ingesting anything unknown.… Read the rest

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