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GHB helps you dance 'til you drop. Dead, maybe.

Rainman says he made "probably about four or five grand" selling GHB last year. "I spend it as fast as I make it on plane tickets and whatnot, so it's hard to know," he adds. He suffers no guilt over breaking the law, though his rationale is peculiar: "We're all breaking the law when it comes to GHB, because we're all in possession of it all the time."

What he means is that GHB naturally occurs in the human body, making it the only Schedule I drug that can be found inside every cell of every American. GHB helps the body regulate sleep, as well as the release of growth hormones. Until the Food and Drug Administration banned over-the-counter sales of GHB in 1990, it was available in most health food stores, marketed both as a sleep aid and a muscle-builder.

"It definitely will put you to sleep," says Rainman. "I know a lot of people who do G to come down from coke or speedy E [Ecstasy] because they think G is better for you than Valium. And I know some guys who take it to lift weights on because they think it's better for you than steroids. But most of the people I know who take G, including myself, do it purely to get high."

John Johnston
Stop the madness: Allen Ellison wants to educate club-goers to the dangers of GHB.
John Johnston
Stop the madness: Allen Ellison wants to educate club-goers to the dangers of GHB.

When he and his friends are out at a club doing GHB, Rainman says, they write "G" on the back of their hands with a marker.

That way, if they pass out, people will know not to call for help.

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