People on the clubbing scene are becoming addicted to a dangerous party drug called 'G' that costs just £1 and is strong enough to melt plastic.
Before we get started, it's not a great idea to put anything that can melt plastic into your body. Not least if you're mixing it into a drink to get high. That's exactly what people are doing, however.
'G' has become popular on the nightclub and bar scene for people who want to use it for a high, but also because it "increases horniness" and can "make you very rampant".
Paraphernalia used for GHB production. Credit: PA
In an interview with the Manchester Evening News one user, Patrick Ettenes, said: "The feeling is quite euphoric to be honest.
"It's also a sex drug. It increases your horniness. Some people can't control themselves - they become very rampant."
On top of that - if you'll excuse that accidental pun - it is cheap. One single millilitre, which is enough - apparently - costs just £1.
But what actually is it?
Well, no-one is 100% sure. It could be GHB (Gamma-hydroxybutyric acid) which was banned back n 2003, or GBL (Gamma-butyrolactone) which is a more readily available, but more dangerous cousin of GHB.
GBL was outlawed in 2005, but - according to the Office for National Statistics - both drugs have combined to be responsible for more than 90 deaths between the years of 1993 and 2017.
More paraphernalia. Credit: PA
It is also dangerous because it is colourless and odourless, meaning that it is popular amongst predatory people who want to spike a drink.
Ettenes, who now campaigns against this and other supposed 'chemsex' drugs, was the victim of one such assault.
He continued: "They gave me a high amount, I remember someone getting on top of me and that was it,
"I woke up on the floor with people stepping over me like I was a piece of paper. I just went home.
"It was at a time in my life when I was experimenting. A lot of people would say 'take it with me, you can trust me' and then they prey on you.
"I never spoke about it. If you're offered a drink make sure you ask questions, make sure you see everything that is happening. People relinquish that control."
Date rape murderer Stephen Port used GHB to drug his victims. Credit: PA
At the minute, both substances are Class C - the lowest category of illegality. However, the dosage is very hard to quantify and it is easy to overdose.
As with all stuff like this, the answer is - obviously - not to take it. It's also worth bearing in mind if someone offers you a drink that you haven't seen poured, or even if you have.
Just remain vigilant and stay safe out there, people.
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