Journal article

GHB use among Australians: characteristics, use patterns and associated harm

L Degenhardt, S Darke, P Dillon

Drug and Alcohol Dependence | ELSEVIER SCI IRELAND LTD | Published : 2002


The aim of this study was to examine the characteristics of gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) users, their GHB and other drug use patterns, and the harms associated with GHB use. Seventy-six GHB users were recruited and administered a structured interview on GHB use and related harms. GHB users appeared to be a stable, highly educated and well-functioning group. They had had extensive experience with a range of drugs, and GHB was typically used in conjunction with other drugs. Despite the fact that most GHB users had not had a long or extensive experience with GHB use, the proportion reporting significant negative side effects when using GHB was high (99% reported at least one), and the mean numbe..

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