A new UK petition calling for the reclassification of GHB and GBL as Class A drugs has been launched.
If the government nods its head at the petition, anyone caught with or distributing those illicit substances will face the same penalties as MDMA, crystal meth, cocaine, LSD, and heroin.
The petition states that both GHB and GBL are extremely addictive, cause more death than ecstasy, and are used “in horrific crimes such as sexual assessment, rape and bulgary.”
“Many young people take these drugs as they are easier to obtain than other higher class drugs. This has led to too many deaths and hospitalisations, and long-term harm to users.”
Now standing at 1,277 signatures, the petition will receive a response from the government when it reaches the 10,000 mark.
Both GHB (gamma hydroxybutyrate) and GBL (gamma butyrolactone) are usually available in liquid form and can produce stimulant-like highs and sedation. Swallowed, snorted, or inhaled, those became popular party drugs due to their euphoric high, ability to increase confidence, and increasing libido.
Pediatric health system Nemours said that GHB is a popular illicit substance at clubs and raves – but due to its psychoactive effects, the drug “has led to emergency medical care for many young people.”
In April this year, GHB and GBL’s substance status was changed from Class C to Class B.