Information on GHB Withdrawal Delirium Syndrome Merrimack NH

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.

Merrimack River Medical
(603) 595-3399
323 Derry Road
Hudson, NH
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Healthy Steps Program
(603) 883-1626x7166
10 Prospect Street
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Metro Treatment of New Hampshire LP
(603) 622-5005
5 Driving Park Road
Manchester, NH
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Serenity Place
(603) 625-6980
93-101 Manchester Street
Manchester, NH
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NH Div Alcohol/Drug Abuse Prevention
(603) 668-2971
15-17 Brook Street
Manchester, NH
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Greater Nashua Council on Alcoholism
(603) 881-4848
Pine Street Extension
Nashua, NH
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Youth Council
(603) 889-1090
112 West Pearl Street
Nashua, NH
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(603) 518-4304
99 Hanover Street
Manchester, NH
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Habit Management
(603) 622-4747
20 Market Street
Manchester, NH
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Outpatient
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Pregnant/postpartum women, Women

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Farnum Center
(603) 622-3020x11
235 Hanover Street
Manchester, NH
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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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