Near-fatal gamma-butyrolactone intoxicationfirst report in the UK

  title={Near-fatal gamma-butyrolactone intoxicationfirst report in the UK},
  author={Peter J. Dupont and Jemekia Thornton},
  journal={Human & experimental toxicology},
  volume={20 1},
Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is a compound used in the treatment of alcohol withdrawal, narcolepsy, and for induction of anaesthesia. It is also contained in many products illegally marketed as "dietary supplements" and is increasingly being recognised as a potential drug of abuse. We report the case of a 44-year-old man who suffered coma and life-threatening respiratory depression following an accidental overdose of the GHB prodrug, gamma-butyrolactone (GBL), contained in a "health drink". He… CONTINUE READING