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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.



As promised, I hope to publish my manuscript, SHADOW DANCE, a manuscript that I (Cat Lynn Boyle) have written in memory of my beloved daughter Skylar Lynn Ringland, for whom this Blog honors.

Shadow Dance is fiction but it is based on the events that occurred to my daughter in 1999, only certain facts and names have been changed. Shadow Dance is about stories within stories as read from a journal or told from different perspectives. The story is about change and begins by introducing a beautiful, bright young girl who is murdered after ingesting a drink spiked with a fatal dose of GHB. Part II tells the story of loss and confusion that transforms a family as they struggle to make sense of the tragedy and strive for illusive justice. Part III, unlike real life, brings the GHB predators to trial and, although through other means, ultimately, justice is achieved. Shadow Dance is a story of change and transformation; of life and death; of love and hate; of despair and grace; of bravery and cowardice; of darkness and light; of wholeness and brokenness; of truth and deception; of destruction and resurrection; of murder and revenge. I hope you enjoy reading it and I look forward to your comments. Thank you for following the Skylar Lynn Ringland Date Rape Awareness Blog written for you. The very best is intended for you in the new year. May we all experience love, grace, peace and prosperity. Happy New Year!



Alchemy of A Shadow Dance 12 22 2013 – MASTER Alchemy of A Shadow Dance is a manuscript written in memory of my daughter, Skylar Lynn Ringland, who went to a music studio in San Francisco after hours and was never seen alive again, She was poisoned with the drug GHB. Her case remains a San Francisco cold case. I have created this blog in her honor. Alchemy of a Shadow Dance is written in her memory. Alchemy of A Shadow Dance is fiction but it is based on the events that occurred in 1999. Alchemy of A Shadow Dance is about stories within stories as read from a journal or told from different perspectives. Everything is in a state of change as the story introduces a bright young girl who will die before the end of Part I. Murdered by poison by someone she knew, a predator with GHB. Part II tells about profound loss that transforms a family broken by suffering as they struggle to make sense of the tragedy and strive for justice. Part III, unlike real life, brings the predators to trial and ultimately, justice prevails. Alchemy of A Shadow Dance is a story of change and transformation; of life and death; of love and hate; of despair and grace; of bravery and cowardice; of wholeness and brokenness; of truth and deception; of murder and revenge. Anything can help launch this project. Thank you for your support.



GHB (Gamma Hydroxybutyrate) blasted into my life on Easter Sunday 1999, leaving in its path an indelible stain on my heart. Its stain seeped into my life while speaking on the phone to a triage nurse in a hospital emergency room across the country who had attended to my daughter who had been brought to the hospital dead-on-arrival from GHB poisoning. This blog site i.e., The Skylar Lynn Ringland Date Rape Awareness Foundation, as you may have read, is written in honor of my daughter.

Since my daughter’s GHB induced death resulting from a predator spiking a drink she ingested, I have researched, analyzed, monitored, studied and written about the effects, implications and devastation of GHB as a phenomenon that is not limited by borders, race, religion, gender, or age (http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=5067). GHB is easily made and easily stored and transported. It can be made in anyone’s kitchen from ingredients found at any hardware store, or it can easily be obtained on the street from black market dealers. GHB is proliferous largely due to full-scale production efforts in China. Consequently, it is abundantly available despite legislative and legal efforts to curtail its use, manufacture and distribution. To many in the club and rave scene it is the preferred drug of choice eclipsing ecstasy. http://goaskalice.columbia.edu/ghb-aka-liquid-ecstasy

GHB is poison to the human body. It can and will induce death at random dosing levels. What may kill one may not kill another 100 (http://www.erowid.org/chemicals/ghb/ghb_effects.shtml). GHB dosing is like playing Russian Roulette. One never knows quite when the body will literally melt down and completely suppress the central nervous system(http://www.drugfree.org/drug-guide/ghb). It is odorless, tasteless, and undetectable when mixed with another beverage. If GHB is mixed with alcohol it has a synergistic effect that is often fatal. (http://dancesafe.org/drug-information/ghb It is portable and can be stored in small vials and containers making dispensing often undetectable to the human eye. It is a predator’s drug of choice rendering victims physically helpless and unconscious and with generally no memory of their predator.

What is it that makes human beings ignore all the counter indications of the poisonous, often fatal effects of GHB? Therein lies the enigma. What is a human being hoping to find or, perhaps, hoping to escape that it seeks pleasure in a deadly poisonous substance like GHB? The research indicates that primarily people use GHB for its relaxation properties. For those who self-dose, it begs the question, don’t human beings have abundant choices to induce relaxation without having to resort to poison. Does this choice indicate a lack of imagination? Does it indicate supercharged planet of people with sensory overload such that they will resort to poisons to calm frayed nerves to ease into social settings. Isn’t it like cutting off your head to cure a headache? Cutting off your foot to cure a hang nail? GHB represents an extreme.

GHB is a twentieth century phenomenon that has seeped its way into the twenty-first century. WE will not be free of GHB by declaring War on Drugs or War on GHB. We be will only be free of GHB and all other drugs when human beings raise their consciousness and become aware that at their core they are one creative being connected to the entire universe. Human beings are powerful and capable of achieving any state of consciousness including a calm, relaxed, peaceful self. Success is not about how much money is in your bank account, or how many toys, degrees, honors, etc., you can accumulate, how popular you are, etc. Success is how much peace you feel inside at any given moment. To be at peace is the goal of humankind. Today, try to resonate with the peace that is always available to you in any given moment. Journey inside and learn to sit quietly with your core peaceful self. Give yourself love today and every day. Remember that everything you need in life, you came with…it was a part of the package known as you. Believing that there is something out there that can make you more of anything is illusion! You are a perfect being. Be at peace.

NOTE: I will be publishing, first, on this blog, by the end of the year, Alchemy of A Shadow Dance 12 22 2013 – MASTERAlchemy of A Shadow Dance, a story about the tragic effects of GHB on one family.

effects of GHB on one family.



{October 26, 2013}   Alchemy of A Shadow Dance

Alchemy of A Shadow Dance – Part I 2013 12 13

For those of you waiting for “Alchemy of A Shadow Dance,” written in honor of my daughter, Skylar Lynn Ringland, I am still planning to complete the manuscript by late fall. Hopefully before Christmas. It will post here.



{October 26, 2013}   So what’s a woman to do…

These Sisters know what they are talking about.
http://www.rapereliefshelter.bc.ca/learn/resources/ghb-and-women-we-have-some-things-tell-you

We are a group of women in our 20’s, all of us employed, and all of us have used GHB recreationally. We all have experienced male violence at some point in our lives, and we can all point to a particular assault by a man or men, on ourselves or several women close to us, when we were either taking GHB willingly, or had been given it when we didn’t know. These facts are what drives our decision to write about our experiences, to warn other women, create a way for women in Vancouver to discuss this with each other and prevent further attacks on other girls and women.



We are born to die that is our naked fate. Hence, our lives are fragile. Seeing the truth of this shared humanity sharpens the perspective that every minute lived, is but a gift.
If you are a predator (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-500202_162-57319557/date-rape-drug-death-family-still-seeks-clues/), intentionally administering GHB to the drinks of others
(http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2003/02/02/the-perfect-crime.html),
then you deliberately seek to accelerate the death of others for the potential for a GHB overdose is extremely high. If you are self-administering then you play Russian roulette with your life because the range of a safe dose is extremely narrow. http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/studentlife/health/promotion/goto/resources/drugs/ghb.html
http://www.rainn.org/get-information/types-of-sexual-assault/drug-facilitated-assault

If you think it’s trendy to take GHB then picture yourself: unconscious, breathing very slowed and so is your heart rate, you’re experiencing aspiration due to vomit, and you have convulsions and, then can enter a coma. Your friends decide to turn you on your side to sleep it off because they are afraid they might be busted or blamed. So no one does anything to preserve your precious life.
http://www.wivb.com/dpp/news/crime/victim-allegedly-given-ghb-at-gym

You give your power away and put yourself at the mercy of stoned friends and bystanders when what is needed when over dosing on GHB is a miracle. What if those friends are self-administering GHB and incoherent? What is so cool about this experience? Please blog us.

But, if you’re a thrill seeker who likes to live on the edge, isn’t the fact that you are born to die enough of a thrill? Why not ride it out until you die of natural causes? Why put yourself at risk by compromising circumstances where another individual, maybe someone you know or maybe a complete stranger, or a predator, decides your fate, and accelerates your death?

In every second you have a choice. Choose yourself rather than GHB.

I go over it, and over it, in my mind because a predator spiked my daughter’s drink with a massive dose of GHB and she went into a GHB-induced coma and died from acute GHB poisoning. Her supposed male friend, Abstract Rude, his manager and his band, were too high and too afraid (cowards) to call 911 for help…they let her sleep it off but she never woke up. She died.

It happens so quickly that you don’t have a chance especially, if you are relying on those friends that may leave you, or lay you down to sleep it off all the while you are choking on your own vomit. Depending on people you may think are your friends may seal your fate. It’s deadly, but it’s GHB.

So you trust your friends…but what do you really know about your trusted friends? What are your criteria for discerning whether someone is trustworthy and has the potential for being a friend? What are your criteria for discerning truth from hype? Do you do things because you want to please others? Are you able to say no to what is not good for you? Can you discern those who are on your side and those who are exploitative and manipulative? Do you find yourself in situations where you know you are in over your head because you were not discerning? Can you allow yourself to look at the situation and the people in your life and draw the line to protect your health and spirit from being abused and hurt by those who do not cherish you? Can you discern what is really valuable and beautiful about yourself and honor that within you?

This is what I’m talking about, HONORING yourself, being aware of your person, your surroundings and your friends Take nothing for granted. Try waking up everyday and finding one thing to be grateful for, like breath. Miracles abound. Wake up! Remember that you have been given the gift of life. If you are reading this at this moment rejoice in the present moment of your cosmic connection to the universe…for you are a field of unlimited possibility just because you exist! That’s it! If you see that you are lacking then you are suffering from illusion because you came into this world already complete having and knowing everything you need to know for your journey.

You bring into this world your own unique gifts that only you can give to the world. It is your choice. You have value because you exist. Rejoice and celebrate your life. Dance because you are inspired by spirit not because you want to escape the ordinariness of every day life by a GHB-induced high (http://dancesafe.org/drug-information/ghb). Life is ordinary but you are not.



Searching the Internet it becomes sadly obvious that GHB is not recognized for its poisonous or lethal qualities but rather is know as a party drug. From young teens to business executives GHB does not discriminate. It kills. One of the largest GHB bust in Canadian history occurred Friday in Alberta Canada (http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/alberta/cocaine+seized+Edmonton+drug+arrest/8653098/story.html.)
The police seized 106 liters of the odorless and tasteless clear liquid. I think what makes the angriest about this GHB is that it’s prodominately used by predators to lower inhibitions of women, basically the drug is used to victimize women.
Please Watch this video: http://us.yhs4.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?hspart=w3i&hsimp=yhs-defalttabtransfer&type=tb_ie_tbs-W3i_YT,191,8_4,Search,20120938,18369,0,8,0&p=ghb…date%20rape%20drugs…

Apparently it doesn’t matter to men whether their sexual partner is willing or conscious. Girls and Women don’t you get that this drug is designed to compromise you and your life or cause death. You can’t look cool on GHB. It is floor stripper. IS that intriguing? I don’t get it. But I want to understand…Why any girl or woman would voluntarily or knowingly put that toxic substance into their body? Please explain that to me. My daughter didn’t know she was drinking from a drink mixed with GHB. She was dead within a few hours of that drink. It can happen to you. No one seems to care when they are high on GHB that their friend has passed out. In many circumstances the party continues while the person who everyone thinks is sl;eeping it offf is actually dying because from respiratory distress.

http://us.yhs4.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?hspart=w3i&hsimp=yhs-defalttabtransfer&type=tb_ie_tbs-W3i_YT,191,8_4,Search,20120938,18369,0,8,0&p=ghb…date%20rape%20drugs…

Read about this young woman…http://www.metacafe.com/watch/cb-akc8cO3gaSSh/whos_behind_julia_sumnichts_date_rape_drug_death/

My heart aches for all the parents who like me have suffered because GHB caused their child’s death. You are so loved and are infinite fields of possibility don’t throw it away. Don’t knowingly ingest GHB because your friends or someone who matters to you is pressuring you to try GHB.

Your life is far too valuable. You have too much to offer the world to throw it away. The one second it takes for you to ingest a GHB cocktail can be the second you demolish all your dreams for the future. Think about who you are and your connection to the great mystery of life to which you are a part…a link. Your life is worthy of preserving and protecting. Your life is worthy of celebrating. Celebrate your choice to choose life and look out for your sisters. Let your voice be heard, sing your song of life. Pass it on…and on…” Words have the power to both destroy and to heal. When words are both true and kind they can change the world.” Buddha. Your words are powerful. Stand up for what you believe…make a difference…talk to your friends about the reality of GHB as a deadly poison…blog here about your experiences…your words have the power to heal.



GHB is reaching epidemic level on the recreational scene. Check out this link: http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/02/27/2-investigators-date-rape-drug-becoming-favorite-for-recreational-use/
It seems surreal that this drug made from wood floor stripper could be the drug of choice from college students to business people. It doesn’t seem like people are afraid to die as much as they are afraid to live. Like why do you think people are numbing themselves to life? It is a sad commentary on a culture that a barrel drum of liquid GHB sells for a million dollars. Think about $1 million to feed starving children throughout the country. And, a million dollars is nothing in the drug economies. Where is the nation’s social conscious that we see the disproportionate amount of money spent on recreational drug use when there are children starving and dying of diseases all over the planet as well as other atrocities because there is some apparent lack of funding.

The attached link is to an article and film clip on which they show a warehouse with 25 or more drums filled with liquid GHB. It’s going to market…the underground street markets…that get to our children. I have been contemplating what the fate of Americans would be if we simply voted to legalize drugs. Policing and sending people to jail for illegal drug use does not seem to reduce the market for drugs. There is without a doubt a high demand for debilitating drugs that can induce death and are addicting like GHB. How do we keep people from manufacturing GHB when all they need is wood floor stripper from any hardware store. It is so sad and such as waste of human potential. And, then there are all the bystanders who unknowingly become victims of GHB poisoning like my daughter in whose memory I write on this subject, as well as the thousands of other sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, and mothers and fathers, who have also died from GHB poisoning.

It seems the war on drugs is another urban myth as it hasn’t reduced the supply or the demand for drugs. For every arrest there are many more recruits (new users and sellers.) It’s as though recreational drug use is becoming a rite of passage for American teenagers. The prisons are full of petty drug users and it costs as much to house one prisoner as it cost to send a child to Princeton for a year. Locking people away for drug use isn’t the solution it is a temporary redirecting. The government spends its money on policing and prisons when what is needs is rehabilitating and reeducating. We are the change we are waiting for. It begins with you. The focus needs to shift from punishment to education and prevention. We teach our children how to read and write but what do we teach our children about surviving the ordinariness of life…the day-to-day…or surviving negative thought patterns… Why not emphasize and teach children yoga and mediation so that in the beginning they develop the strong sense of self…confidence about who they are…their intrinsic value. MAybe then people won’t go looking for who they are like it is something out there they have to obtain…the power…the raise…the next degree…

Everything needed in this life is contained within our own hearts. My heart empathizes with all drug users especially those who fear life and, consequently, look for something to numb like a hit of GHB to enhance them or to get through their day or their night, or maybe they just think of it as taking the edge off social situations but for whatever reason, the thought (the reasoning) is wack. And, that’s just it, taking a poisonous substance is just a thought until you act on it. You can always say “yeah, I could do a hit of GHB, but I choose not to…” That is always a choice every single moment that is available as a choice. People have choices but unless they learn their anchor points as children they become adults who are all over the board and make random, self-destructive choice without considering the other options available. I send love to all. This forum is your platform, find your voice…if you can make a difference in just one person’s life think what a miracle that is…



Date rape drugs predators’ drug of choice as they render the victim incapcitated. It is best to be aware that even the most seemingly innocent situations may result in compromising your safety. I think the best rule is to never go out alone but if you are out with a friend, never accept a drink unless you saw it being poured, and you never left the drink unattended. Be aware of your situation, and the people you call your friends. How well do you know them? In Denver, recently, date rape drugs were unknowingly adminsitered to women at clubs near the University of Denver. http://kdvr.com/2013/05/17/police-issue-warning-after-women-given-date-rape-drugs-near-du/

If you feel vulnerable about your situation, or you have been victimized by date-rape drugs, or you know someone who had a close call with date rape drugs, please share your story.

It is our shared experience that brings awareness and light to the subject. As women, and sisters, and we need to make every effort to strengthen our bonds so that we are always vigilent not only about our own safety but for the safety of other women, and children. It is our shared experiences that unites us and helps us to grow and expand into warriors.



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