GHB Dependence: Lessons from a Small Case SeriesMike McDonough*
Drug Health Services, Western Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
- *Corresponding Author:
- Mike McDonough
Drug Health Services
Western Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: January 21, 2013; Accepted Date: March 11, 2013; Published Date: March 13, 2013
Citation: McDonough M (2013) GHB Dependence: Lessons from a Small Case Series. J Alcoholism Drug Depend 1:112. doi:10.4172/2329-6488.1000112
Copyright: © 2013 McDonough M. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
This case series identifies all patients presenting for GHB related problems to Western Hospital’s Drug Health Service (between 2009-2012) and specifically focuses upon the small subgroup which have GHB Dependence and required hospitalisation. Of eight such cases, only one had a complicated inpatient course, reported the highest GHB daily dose consumption (~30 gm/day) and was concurrently Alcohol Dependent. All the other patients responded to supportive nursing care and simple pharmacotherapy with diazepam. The majority of patients with GHB Dependence in this review also took other drugs and also had an uncomplicated GHB withdrawal process. Hence, the outcome of this review questions the need for hospital admission in most cases of GHB Dependence except for cases involving high dose Dependence (e.g. >30 gm/day); this finding is consistent with recent literature reports.