Information on GHB Withdrawal Delirium Syndrome Culpeper VA

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.

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Winchester, VA
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(757) 565-0106
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3419 Virginia Beach Blvd
Virginia Beach, VA
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(540) 349-4537
20 John Marshall Street
Warrenton, VA
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Cumberland Mountain Comm Servs Board
(276) 964-6702
Route 19
Cedar Bluff, VA
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Substance abuse , Buprenorphine Services
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Outpatient
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Center for Psychiatric and
(703) 369-8464
8680 Hospital Way
Manassas, VA
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Poplar Springs Hospital
(804) 733-6874
350 Poplar Drive
Petersburg, VA
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Substance abuse , Detoxification
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Adolescents, Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders

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Valley Community Services Board
(540) 887-3200
85 Sangers Lane
Staunton, VA
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(540) 885-0866
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Substance abuse
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Outpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment
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Adolescents, Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders
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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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