The number of people who end up in the emergency room after taking too much GHB increased explosively over the past years, doctors at the emergency rooms of hospitals in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Nijmegen and Haarlem, and the Dutch association for emergency medical services NVSHA said to NRC.
A drug lab was found in a garage behind a home on Brederolaan in Etten-Leur on Monday morning. Two people, a man and a woman, were arrested, a police spokesperson confirmed to NU.nl.
A large hole was dug into the floor of the garage, according to BN De Stem. Local residents told the newspaper that this hole was a recent addition - a container of sand was recently driven away. Exactly what the hole was used for, is not clear.
Two people were hospitalized and one arrested in a brawl in Druten on Pentecost Sunday. Three others were arrested for brawling at a dance event in Breda, the police announced in statements on Monday.
The court in Amsterdam sentenced 10 people to up to thee years in prison, up to 240 hours of community services and fines totaling in 10 thousand euros for large-scale drug trafficking and other drug related charges. The gang is best known for using crocodiles to guard their loot, Het Parool reports.
Kicking a GHB addiction is one of the most difficult to do, similar to getting rid of a heroin addiction, according to researchers at Radboud University in a study done on behalf of the Dutch Ministry of Public Health. The reason for this, the researchers concluded, is that GHB addicts only see the positive effects of the drug, even long after going through withdrawal and losing dependency, the Volkskrant reports.
The police rescued a 21 year old man from the CineMagnus cinema in Schagen at 3:00 a.m. on Sunday after he fell asleep on the toilet.
Dutch parliamentarians are concerned about the increasing use of GHB. According to the CDA, the use of this party drug is especially increasing in "hot spots" in Brabant, Twente and Friesland
The parents of Saskia Jacobs, who died of an overdose, claim their daughter was deliberately drugged by her girlfriend at the time during a "wild lesbian sex party" a year ago, according to RTVNH. The official cause of death says Saskia dying of an overdose of GHB, but the parents see this as an unlikely event.