Mischa Barton Hospitalized After Reportedly Being Drugged With GHB

By Dorri Olds 01/31/17

Barton was allegedly dosed with GHB while out celebrating her 31st birthday.

Mischa Barton

Last Thursday, actress Mischa Barton was hospitalized after police were called to her home to investigate a disturbance. There had been multiple calls from Barton's neighbors about her erratic behavior.

When the cops arrived at approximately 7:15am, they found the actress “fully clothed” and “speaking in coherent statements.” Barton reportedly agreed to get help and voluntarily went to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she stayed until Friday.

According to TMZ, sources close to the actress say she was ranting about her mother, the state of the world and Ziggy Stardust. 

Barton had gone out Wednesday night to celebrate her 31st birthday with a few friends and had been enjoying the evening. In an exclusive statement to People, Barton said, “While having drinks, I realized that something was not right as my behavior was becoming erratic and continued to intensify over the next several hours ... I was informed by [hospital] staff that I had been given GHB. After an overnight stay, I am home and doing well. I would like to extend a big thanks of gratitude to the professionals at Cedars-Sinai for their great care and professionalism. ”

Barton was referring to gamma-hydroxybutyric acid, commonly known as the “date-rape drug,” that's used to incapacitate a victim for the purpose of, typically, sexual assaulting them. GHB can take effect in about 15 minutes and can last for up to three hours. GHB can cause drowsiness, dizziness, problems seeing, loss of consciousness and a dream-like feeling. It also affects memory, so someone who was drugged may wake up and not remember what happened to them while they were intoxicated.

This isn’t the first time Barton—who is known for playing Marissa Cooper in the popular Fox TV series The O.C.—has run into trouble. In 2009, she was committed to a psych ward. She told People magazine, “It was a full-on breakdown. It was terrifying. Straight out of Girl, Interrupted. Story of my life."

After this latest incident, Barton warned, "This is a lesson to all young women out there, be aware of your surroundings."

Last March, Pitch Perfect actress and comedian Rebel Wilson described on Twitter how she, too, suspected that she’d been drugged in a nightclub after she began feeling disoriented after one drink. “I had one drink last night at a trendy club which I believe may have been spiked with something. I felt super tired and disoriented,” Wilson wrote. "Especially to all the girls out there, please be super careful about what you drink when out at clubs and bars at night."

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Dorri Olds is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Woman’s Day and several book anthologies. Find Dorri on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.