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Letters Chemsex

New health promotion for chemsex and γ-hydroxybutyrate (GHB)

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 25 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6281
  1. Adam Winstock, consultant addiction psychiatrist and founder, Global Drug Survey1
  1. 1South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, London SE1 8EL, UK
  1. adam.winstock{at}

McCall and colleagues point out the growing problem of chemsex in the UK and the need for a coordinated policy and health response.1 Although there are common sexual behavioural risks associated with the use of any intoxicant that reduces inhibition, few would suggest that alcohol improves performance. This is not the case with γ-hydroxybutyrate (GHB), crystallised methamphetamine, and mephedrone, which can increase arousal, stamina, and pleasure.

These drugs also carry specific …

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