GBL: Personal and social consequences
Last modified: Sunday, 31. May 2009 - 3:45 pm
Users of GBL or related drugs may experience memory loss, lapses in judgment, aggressive outbursts, embarrassing or strange behavior, confusion, anxiety, or depression. Any or all of these symptoms affect the individual both directly and by influencing how others perceive the user, causing loss of friendship, trust, and respect. Users who suffer from delusions or hallucinations may even be perceived as being mentally ill.
Erratic behavior associated with psychiatric symptoms like these can cause violence, accidents, suicide, or harm to self or others with permanent physical and Legal consequences and irreversible damage to relationships, school work, and employment prospects. Hallucinations and delusions can be terrifying, leave permanent psychological damage, and even endanger life.
Addicted users who need increasing amounts of the drug to prevent withdrawal symptoms may end up spending up to $200 per day, or $70,000 per year, according to Dr. Zvorsec, causing significant problems with debt or even turning to crime to support the habit.
Those who trick others into using GBL or related drugs by slipping it into their drink are viewed as rapists. Offering the drug to others with or without their knowledge or consent may result in criminal charges of sexual assault, rape, manslaughter, or poisoning, punishable by fines and imprisonment.