Street Name: GHB, GBH, gabba, liquid ecstasy
What it looks like and how it's taken:
Comes in small bottles. Colourless, odourless liquid. Sometimes in capsule form.
Varies greatly in strength. Effects of small doses similar to alcohol. Larger doses said to have similar effects to ecstasy.
Short term: Larger doses can cause drowsiness, sickness, disorientation, convulsions, coma and breathing difficulties. GHB has been linked to drug-assisted sexual assault ('date rape') when mixed with alcohol.
Long term: Long-term effects are not well understood.
Legal status: Class C