Barton was released from the hosptial Friday and said someone had slipped GHB, or gamma hydroxybutyrate, in her drink. GHB is a depressant that the DEA says gained noteriety in the 1990s as a date rape drug and is commonly put in alcholic drinks.
Barton said the following in a statement to People Friday:
On the evening of the 25th, I went out with a group of friends to celebrate my birthday. 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 voluntarily went to get professional help, and I was informed by their 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. This is a lesson to all young women out there, be aware of your surroundings.
In 2009, Barton was committed to a psych ward for four days under California's 5150 hold, by which a person "as a result of a mental health disorder, is a danger to others, or to himself or herself, or gravely disabled," is placed in a facility for evaluation and treatment for up to 72 hours, according to California law. She told People magazine of the incident that she had "a full-on breakdown."