GHB Usage among College Goers Boulder CO

GHB is a popular recreational drug used by young adults. It appears to have a high abuse potential because it produces euphoria, hallucinogenic effects, relaxation, tolerance, and severe withdrawal symptoms. In the United States, GHB compounds have been marketed illicitly to body builders as a growth hormone stimulant to build muscular mass.

Boulder County Public Health
(303) 441-1275
3470 Broadway
Boulder, CO
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(303) 441-1281
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Substance abuse , Detoxification, Buprenorphine Services
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Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less), Outpatient
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(303) 443-8500
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Boulder, CO
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Outpatient
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Rangeview Counseling Center
(303) 447-2038
1790 30th Street
Boulder, CO
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Substance abuse
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Outpatient
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Women, DUI/DWI offenders
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Discovery Counseling Center Inc
(303) 449-4121
2040 30th Street
Boulder, CO
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Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
DUI/DWI offenders

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Treatment Center
(303) 661-0222
700 Front Street
Louisville, CO
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Substance abuse
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Outpatient
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Adolescents, Men, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients

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Boulder Community Hospital
(303) 441-0400
311 Mapleton Avenue
Boulder, CO
Hotline
(303) 441-0400
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Substance abuse , Detoxification
Types of Care
Hospital inpatient, Outpatient

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Boulder Alcohol Education Center
(303) 444-6142
1525 Spruce Street
Boulder, CO
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Substance abuse , Detoxification
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Women, Men, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients
Language Services
Danish, Spanish

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SAGE Institute
(303) 443-3920
4865 Riverbend
Boulder, CO
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Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
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DUI/DWI offenders

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Discovery Counseling Center Inc
(303) 666-8866
700 Front Street
Louisville, CO
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Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
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Women, DUI/DWI offenders

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Centennial Peaks Hospital
(303) 673-9990
2255 South 88th Street
Louisville, CO
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Substance abuse , Detoxification, Buprenorphine Services
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Hospital inpatient, Outpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment
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GHB Usage among College Goers

INTRODUCTION TO GHB

Gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) is commonly occurring small chain fatty acid that has been described as a possible neurotransmitter. From 1990, GHB has been abused on the street in the names such as “Liquid Ecstasy,” “Soap,” “Easy Lay,” and “Georgia Home Boy.” GHB and its precursors, gamma butyrolactone and 1, 4 butanediol, have been involved in poisonings, overdoses, date rapes, and deaths. GHB emergency room visits increased from 55 in 1994 to 2.973 in 1999. In 1999, GHB accounted for 32% of illicit drug-related poison center calls in Boston. These products, obtainable over the Internet and sometimes still sold in health food stores, are also available at some gyms, raves, nightclubs, college campuses, and are particularly popular among gay men. The products are commonly mixed with alcohol, have a short duration of action, and are not easily detectable on routine hospital toxicology screens.

GHB is a popular recreational drug used by young adults. It appears to have a high abuse potential because it produces euphoria, hallucinogenic effects, relaxation, tolerance, and severe withdrawal symptoms. In the United States, GHB compounds have been marketed illicitly to body builders as a growth hormone stimulant to build muscular mass. They have also been promoted as a replacement for L-tryptophan to improve sleep (16, 17). Two GHB precursors, gamma-butyrolactone and 1,4 butenadiol also have been marketed to impro...

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