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GHB
Timeline
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1920s GHB is first synthesized.    [More Info]
1960s GHB is used as an anesthetic & hypnotic on humans in Europe.   
1961 GHB is first developed by French researcher Dr. Henri Laborit. It was developed for use as an anesthetic but was soon withdrawn due to unwanted side effects.   
1980s GHB becomes available in health food stores. It gains popularity through its use by body builders who use it as a supplement.   
Nov 8, 1990 FDA bans the over-the-counter sale of GHB for human consumption in the United States.   
1997-1999 Several countries pass laws to control GHB and many U.S. States place GHB in Schedules I through IV. Some laws include GBL and 1,4Butanediol and others do not.    [More Info]
Feb 18, 2000 President Clinton signed the "Hillory J. Farias and Samantha Reid Date-Rape Drug Prohibition Act of 2000" ordering that the attorney general place GHB into Schedule I of the CSA within 60 days. This was done approximately a month later.   
Mar 2000 GHB becomes illegal (schedule I) in the United States with the federal passage of the 'Hillory J. Farias and Samantha Reid Date-Rape Drug Prohibition Act of 2000'.   
Jul 17, 2002 The Food and Drug Administration approves GHB (brand name Xyrem, produced Orphan Medical) as a schedule III drug for the treatment of narcolepsy in the small population of patients who experience episodes of cataplexy, a condition characterized by weak or paralyzed muscles.   
Jun 27, 2003 GHB is placed in schedule C in the U.K.   


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