Exposing, Educating.

All ApologiesChildren, teenagers and young adults die from street drug and alcohol related cases every day. Meanwhile, in the shadows lurks an even more sinister drug that goes mostly unreported:  GHB (gamma hydroxy butyrate), commonly known as the "date rape" drug.

Following the death of her son to GHB, a highly addictive bodybuilding/sports drug, Suki DeJong turned her attention to writing, directing and producing the film All Apologies in an effort to bring awareness to this relatively unknown club drug. Her efforts won her awards for Best Doc Screenplay and Best Writer at the prestigious Zaki Gordon Shorts Film Festival in Sedona, AZ, 2007, and The Delray Beach Film Festival in Florida 2008 awarded All Apologies an award for Best Documentary, Public Service. All Apologies also won Best Documentary at the L-Dub film festival 2010 in Lake Worth, Florida. 

The film tells how her son, Julius, became addicted to GHB through the bodybuilding community while attending Florida State University, how it carried over into the club scene in Miami and how Julius eventually lost his life as a result of addiction to GHB.  Filmmaker DeJong was able to pull through this tragedy and knows that others can too. Nationwide awareness of GHB is essential and will maybe provide a lifeline to those people in dire need of one. Project GHB, www.projectghb.org, is currently that lifeline.

  Former LAPD police detective of 25 years, Trinka Porrata, has taken it upon herself to educate the world about this drug, and the film uses extensive interviews with Porrata to tell us the facts.  She has dealt with 3300 GHB addicts in 20 countries... and counting.  She takes the side of the addict, because no one else does.  A bodybuilders' addiction to anabolic steroids, and often GHB, is something not discussed as a problem.  But it is a problem. Our young, beautiful, athletic, intelligent, vibrant, and often confused young men and women are being exposed to a muscle-enhancing drug, finding out that it also will get you high, the drug then making its way to the club scene.  There are lots of other drugs at the club scene. A mixture of cocaine, alcohol  will not kill you - at least not immediately. Too much GHB is deadly, as is the withdrawal in the case of an addict, without hospital supervision. Rapists purchase this drug with instructions from the dealer (often, the chemist) concerning the proper "dose" for rendering the victim unconsious. Too much, the person may not come out of the coma. The film goes into more details about the drug and its multiple diabolical side effects.  "I knew within a few days of the death of my son that this was a story that needed to be told.  He couldn't stop using it.  He'd overdosed a year before and nearly died, but he did not remember the incident.  In my spare time, I immediately started interviewing his friends to get the truth about GHB, and what happened to Julius", says DeJong.

This is not a drug to fool with or taken lightly. It's not a "tough-love" drug. For a really good look at the disastrous consequences of addiction, watch the film. Or go to www.projectghb.org and read about specfic cases and the TRUTH about GHB.  

GHB, commonly known as "G", has enjoyed nearly invisible popularity.  DeJong and Project GHB hope to change that.

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