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GHB Usage among College Goers Tuscumbia AL

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.

Shoals Treatment Center
(256) 383-6646
3430 North Jackson Highway
Sheffield, AL
Hotline
(256) 710-4865
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Methadone Maintenance
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Pregnant/postpartum women, Women, Men
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired, Spanish

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Bradford Health Services
(256) 760-0200
1626 Florence Boulevard
Florence, AL
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents

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Freedom House
(256) 332-1230
111 Jackson Avenue South
Russellville, AL
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Criminal justice clients
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

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Bradford Health Services
(800) 293-7191
631 Beacon Parkway West
Birmingham, AL
Hotline
(205) 647-1945
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents
Language Services
Spanish

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Shelby County Treatment Center
(205) 216-0200
750 Highway 31 South
Alabaster, AL
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Detoxification, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Detoxification, Buprenorphine Services
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Persons with HIV/AIDS, Gays and Lesbians, Seniors/older adults, Pregnant/postpartum women, Women, Men, Criminal justice clients
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired, Spanish

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Riverbend Center for Mental Health
(256) 764-3431x205
635 West College Street
Florence, AL
Hotline
(256) 764-3431
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

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Sunrise Lodge
(256) 332-0078
1163 Washington Avenue SW
Russellville, AL
Hotline
(256) 764-3431
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less)
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

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Bridge Inc
(256) 775-8301
402 Arnold Street NE
Cullman, AL
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents

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Alcohol and Drug Abuse
(205) 923-6552
2701 Jefferson Avenue SW
Birmingham, AL
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Detoxification
Types of Care
Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less)
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with HIV/AIDS

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Bridge Inc
(256) 845-7767
100 7th Street NE
Fort Payne, AL
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

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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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