Superdrewby - December 2003
Probably the biggest threat to the entire dance club scene in the last ten years is the party drug G which is killing people every weekend in clubbing land. It has almost destroyed what was one of the best clubbing scenes in the world in New York, and Australia is totally under G's spell. This threat known as G, or GBH, Grievous Bodily Harm, Liquid Ecstasy and fantasy. It is becoming hugely popular because it's cheap, at only $5 a pop.
But for all it's popularity it's killing people and it's soon going to destroy the clubbing experience for everyone. There has not been a single night in the last few months that I have been out where I have not seen at least one person slipping into a G Coma, and requiring immediate and life saving medical care. I have even had friends fall into a "G Coma" or a G Sleep as they put it.
G is an simple to make party drug, the main ingredient, gamma butyrolactone - an easy to obtain solvent used in tyres and other industrial products - is mixed with two other common compounds. It comes in a liquid form and has a severe chemical taste which is often masked by taking the drug with soft drink.
G has been around a long time and is also known as a date rape drug because of it's extremely effective amnesiac and renders users unconscious or stuperous very quickly. Drink spiking is a huge problem and taking G with Alcohol almost ensures an overdoes and the resultant G Coma can come on quickly and lethally.
G is a euphoric and disinhibitory drug in small doses, it provides that feeling of being mildly drunk and amplifies that by 1000. So the user feels like they in a state of euphoria. Because of the dis hinbitory aspect of the drug, users feel as though they can do anything and all rational thought often either disappears completely or is forgotten. This is why there is such a resurgence of STDs including HIV AIDS that is associated with this drug, people "forget" about safe sex in the heat of the moment. G also makes its users feel extremely horny and sexually aroused so the combination is dangerous to say the least.
The biggest mis-conception about G is the idea of G Sleep being OK- this is false! When someone goes to "sleep" when taking G they are in a G Coma. Their breathing becomes shallow and they can then either choke on their own vomit, or their breathing can just stop.
People who overdose range from appearing to be merely asleep, to deeply comatose, to those who have stopped breathing. Some suffocate when their airways become blocked; others choke after they have vomited. Many suffer a state of extreme agitation, literally jumping up and down on the spot, before they collapse.
Another strange and illogical side effect of G overdose, is that people don't have any understanding of just how badly off they were. Evidence from hospitals which have to intubate nearly 80% of G overdose cases say that the person when revived does not accept that they almost died. I have seen this myself, where someone was in a G coma and does not accept save for the actions of a friend in staying with them taking them in and out of a cold shower and monitoring their breathing they could be dead.
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Source: Sydney Morning Herald Dec 27 2003
The bottom line of G is that it is bad news:
The question you have to ask yourself is if all of the risks are worth the high when there are alternatives that are not as risky. But remember that all party drugs both legal and illegal have risks and consequences. I have a more personal request - I don't want any of my friends dying from something as stupid as taking G.