Information on GHB Withdrawal Delirium Syndrome Arverne NY

GHB, a naturally occurring metabolite of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that mediates sleep cycles, cerebral metabolism, memory and emotional control. Synthetic GHB, originally used by body builders for its putative anabolic effects, has more recently been abused for its sedative, euphoriant and aphrodisiac effects and as a “rave” and “date rape” drug.

Long Island Jewish Medical Center
(718) 868-1400
1600 Central Avenue
Far Rockaway, NY
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Women, Men, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients
Language Services
Spanish

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Committee on Drug Abuse (CODA)
(318) 487-5191
270 Lawrence Avenue
Lawrence, NY
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Language Services
Spanish

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Faith Mission
(718) 322-3455
114-40 Van Wyck Expressway
South Ozone Park, NY
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less)
Special Programs/Groups
Pregnant/postpartum women, Women, Men
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired, Spanish

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Canarsie AWARE Inc
(718) 257-3195
1285 Rockaway Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders
Language Services
Spanish

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Saint Vincents Services Inc
(718) 257-3880
1310 Rockaway Parkway
Brooklyn, NY
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Women, Men, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients
Language Services
Spanish

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Saint Johns Episcopal Hospital
(718) 869-7248
327 Beach 19th Street
Far Rockaway, NY
Services Provided
Detoxification, Methadone Detoxification
Types of Care
Hospital inpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with HIV/AIDS
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired, Creole, French, Hindi, Spanish, Urdu

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Queens Village Committee for Mental
(718) 712-7777
17733 Baisley Boulevard
Jamaica, NY
Hotline
(800) 216-5227
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Persons with HIV/AIDS, Seniors/older adults, Women, Men

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Tempo Group Inc
(516) 374-3671
112 Franklin Place
Woodmere, NY
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Buprenorphine Services
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Women, Men
Language Services
Spanish

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Staten Island University Hospital
(718) 307-3000
567 East 105th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Methadone Maintenance
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with HIV/AIDS
Language Services
Spanish

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Alpha School Center for Progresive Liv
(718) 257-5800
2400 Linden Boulevard
Brooklyn, NY
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Women, Men, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients

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Information on GHB Withdrawal Delirium Syndrome

Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is the most dangerous and well-known drug to abuse, is unfamiliar to many psychiatric professionals. Recent cases of severe GHB withdrawal delirium have occurred in psychiatric settings, making it necessary for psychiatric professionals to be informed about the management of these patients.

GHB, a naturally occurring metabolite of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that mediates sleep cycles, cerebral metabolism, memory and emotional control. Synthetic GHB, originally used by body builders for its putative anabolic effects, has more recently been abused for its sedative, euphoriant and aphrodisiac effects and as a “rave” and “date rape” drug.

GHB was previously available in health food stores and gyms, and it was marketed for its purported muscle building and fat burning effects. In 1990, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned the manufacture and distribution of GHB after receiving several reports of abuse leading to coma and seizures. Precursor compounds such as gamma-butyrolactone (GBL) and 1, 4-butanediol (BD), which can be converted by the body or simple chemical processing into GHB, remained available over the Internet. GHB is easily manufactured by illicit laboratories or by “home brew” recipes that have been published in books and on the Internet. Despite the FDA’s attempts to control distribution of these compounds, they remain widely available to body build...

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