GHB use amongst people who regularly use drugs
Aug 20, 2021
The National Drug and Alcohol Research and Education Centre (NDARC) has published a report titled “Use of GHB amongst sentinel samples of people who regularly use illicit drugs in Adelaide, South Australia, 2020.” The report uses data from the Ecstasy and Related Drugs Study (EDRS) and the Illicit drug Reporting System (IDRS) which are annual studies that collect data on price, purity and availability of a variety of substances across Australia. This report focuses on GHB use (including the use of close-relatives GBL and 1,4-B) and found that for most people, GHB use was relatively infrequent. People who used GHB were more likely to report regular methamphetamine use, and were also more likely to report having overdosed on any substance in the previous 12 months. Of those who had used GHB in the previous 6 months, 35% reported overdosing on GHB, with the majority not requiring medical assistance for this.