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{May 18, 2014}   GHB — A threat to society

Fifteen years ago I learned from a stranger’s voice at a hospital emergency room on the west coast where my daughter was attending college, she was dead-on-arrival at their hospital from GHB poisoning. The men, a local hip-hop singer and his band, who brought my daughter to the hospital admitted in sworn statements to the police she had been at their music studio forty to fifty minutes before she fell to the floor convulsing and went into a coma. The men despite attempting to give CPR and quitting, didn’t call 911 or seek medical attention.

What’s always been confusing is the homicide division didn’t immediately react to the red herring in the men’s statements i.e., my daughter was at their studio 40 to 50 minutes before showing any symptoms of distress, which indicates my daughter did in fact ingest the GHB at the music studio, despite the men’s denial they were the source of the GHB or had anything to do with her death. Their statements were flawed with suspicious impossibilities. The boyfriend singer denied he was my daughter’s boyfriend, and denied my daughter’s involvement with him professionally as she had designed the covers for his CD (http://www.musicstack.com/discography/abstract+tribe+unique/mood+pieces/r722941.) Yet, neither the police nor the homicide division of San Francisco never followed up on these issues or others, and they never brought these men in for questioning beyond the initial statements they gave he police called to the hospital. The facts surrounding her death and the GHB poisoning were never made clear to the public (http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Concern-Over-Rise-In-Blue-Nitro-Use-6-in-S-F-2912000.php.)

Those men, they walked away–free men, unaccountable for their predatory acts and it is clear from my daughter’s friends who she had been with all evening prior to her leaving for the music studio to pick up her boyfriend in the predawn hours of Easter Sunday, she was clear and radiant, and fully cognizant. It was clear she never would have voluntarily taken the massive dose of GHB still remaining in her system postmortem even though GHB metabolizes from the blood and tissue very rapidly. Her toxicology report indicated GHB was the only drug in her system although there was a trace of alcohol.

My daughter’s life ended senselessly and her death has left an indelible stain on our hearts. My hope has been to this day to find a retired private detective who will take an interest in wanting to solve my daughter’s cold case and reopen an investigation to look at the evidence with a mind to solve the crime because those who predatorily murdered her with GHB need to answer in a court of law. Particularly since 15 years ago there wasn’t as many facts about GHB as we now know and by the men’s own admission (in their statements), my daughter didn’t show symptoms until 40 to 50 minutes after she arrived at their music studio to pick up her boyfriend, the hip-hop singer, who had called and asked her to come get him. She was never seen alive again. Her drink was spiked with a fatal dose of GHB, and the predators aren’t turning themselves in.

What we now know (http://www.nhtsa.gov/people/injury/research/job185drugs/gamma-hydroxybutyrate.htm), as fact, is GHB reacts in the body within 15 to 20 minutes minutes of ingestion depending on stomach content. And, if you are drinking alcohol it has a synergistic effect (speeding) on the depressing the central nervous system. GHB is made from industrial solvent purchased at the hardware store and can be manufactured in one’s kitchen sink.

BUT, despite all we know about GHB ((http://www.ussc.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/amendment-process/public-hearings-and-meetings/20040317-19/Avergun-DOJ.pdf), it’s proliferation (http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/02/27/2-investigators-date-rape-drug-becoming-favorite-for-recreational-use/) has moved from the kitchen sink operations of the 90’s to worldwide clandestine manufacturers (http://oag.ca.gov/news/press-releases/californians-overdose-leads-arrest-phoenix-and-seizure-1100-gallons-illegal) around the planet, especially China, who manufacture GHB in 55-gallon drums and is marketed over the internet by black market dealers.

GHB IS A THREAT TO SOCIETY and the more awake and conscious and aware we become of predators armed with GHB in our midst the more likely we can destroy the market for this threatening drug. Who do you think is predominately the victim of GHB and date rape drug poisonings? WOMEN. Be a beacon for GHB awareness and watch out for vulnerability in women in your proximity. If you see someone putting something in someone’s drink, speak up…WARN the potential victim. Align with your sisters.

In honor of my daughter, Skylar Lynn, be conscious, stay aware of your drinks…NEVER leave your drink unattended. “Spread the good word in honor of Skylar Ringland, a shining star of our underground family who lost her life recently due to her involuntary ingestion of GHB,” (http://www.metroactive.com/papers/sfmetro/05.10.99/groundscore.html)..

To anyone who seeks to donate to the Skylar Lynn Ringland Foundation and the investigation into her senseless death, please contact Cat Lynn Boyle at catboyl30@gmail.com.

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I have worked on issues related to GHB since 1995, from deaths and sexual assaults to legislation and testing. Yet GHB remains the most invisible drug! Testing companies, news media, legislators and cops all jumped on the issues of synthetic cannabinoids (K2, aka spice) and other synthetics (so-called bath salts, etc.) like crazy in recent years, but not GHB. Only recently do we even have a screening test for GHB in urine, but it isn’t widely available yet. In sexual assaults, because is clears from the system so rapidly, no one wants to believe it exists! Victims are ignored, kissed off, etc., because it isn’t found. Just getting anyone to test for it is often difficult. Victims may still wait hours in some jurisdictions before a urine sample is taken, letting the drug disappear while they wait. GBL and BD are “GHB analogs: (chemical cousins that turn into GHB once ingestion in the human body) are often used and are not detected by the drink testing coasters and cups being touted today. GBL is the primary ingredient in making GHB but when ingested directly, the human body converts it to GHB. It is an industrial paint stripper. A primary source today is indeed Chinese chemical companies. Many stories, like Skylar’s, have gone untold, uninvestigated, unprosecuted. Project GHB has done what it can but there is so much more to be done. There are so people truly well versed on GHB issues that it is frightening. I do what I can to train law enforcement, judicial and medical personnel but there is so much more to be done.



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