Gamma Hydroxybutyric Acid (GHB), a chemical promoted as an alternative to steroids for bodybuilding, has gained favor as a recreational drug because of its intoxicating effects. The FDA has reissued a warning against this drug as it is not only illegal, but potentially dangerous. GHB-related symptoms include vomiting, dizziness, tremors and seizures. Many people have required hospitalization and several deaths have occurred. In spite of some misleading advertisements this is an illegal and dangerous drug.
This drug is often promoted as an aphrodisiac or an easy high, under street names such as "cherry meth," "liquid X," and "liquid ecstacy."
GHB is usually a clear liquid or a white powder with a salty taste that can be easily disguised in a beverage. Because of its effects, it has been used to render a potential victim more helpless and vulnerable to rape. Like "Roofies," GHB is being used as a "date rape" drug.
Sale of this drug was banned in the U.S. in late 1989. Possession of GHB or Roofies is now a federal drug offense.