Clubbers Using Party Drug Strong Enough To Melt Plastic That Costs £1
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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".
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.
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."
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.