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Date Rape Drugs

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    Date Rape Drugs are generally colorless, odorless drugs that perpetrators use to sedate or knock out their victims with the intention of sexual assault. Often times the victim is not aware that the drug is being slipped into their drink. Experienced perpetrators wait until the victim is using the bathroom or distracted with a conversation across the bar before making their move. Most people have heard the term “date rape drugs” but few know the technical name for the drug.

    Rohypnol

    Rohypnol is most common and comes in the form of a pill that dissolves in liquid. Rohypnol (also known as Circles, Forget Pill, Mind Erasers, Poor Man’s Quaalade, Roofies, Ruffies) takes effect in the body within 30 minutes of ingestion. Rohypnol is illegal in the United States – it is sold on the black market via transporters who smuggle the drug in from Europe and Mexico where it is used for medical purposes.

    Side Effects Include:

    • Loss of muscle control
    • Slowed hand-eye coordination
    • Slurred speech
    • Confusion
    • Dizziness
    • Nausea/Vomiting
    • Sleepiness
    • Decreased heart rate
    • Loss of consciousness
    • Death

    GHB

    Another commonly used date-rape drug is clinically coined GHB (Gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid), also known as 4-hydroxybutanoic acid and sodium oxybate, which is legal in the United States for treatment of narcolepsy. It is a controlled substance that is only distributed under authorized medical conditions; nonetheless, it finds its ways into the hands of rapists and perpetrators via the black market. Street names for GHB include Bedtime Scoop, Cherry Meth, Easy Lay, G-Juice, G, Gamma-10, Gook, Goop, Liquid X, Somatomax and Vita-G, among others.

    Side Effects Include:

    • Blurred vision
    • Drowsiness
    • Seizures
    • Lower blood pressure
    • Dream-like feelings
    • Tremors
    • Sweating
    • Problems breathing
    • Coma and/or death

    GHB has the highest risk of overdose due to its high potency and the fact that it is generated in illegal at-home labs, thus the exact chemical composition of the drug once transported through many different people’s hands is often unknown.

    Ketamine

    Ketamine is used by individuals to lower the victim’s inhibitions, decrease motor function and limit memory capacity. Its side effects are very similar to those of Rohypnol and GHB. Supply and demand has created incentives for many perpetrators and transporters to steal supplies of GHB from veterinary clinics, where the drug is used in anesthetic procedures.

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