Date Rape Drugs

Date rape drugs are used to render a victim weak or confused.  They are frequently odorless, colorless and tasteless and are typically added to drinks.  If you are drugged, you may not even remember.

The four most common date rape drugs are:

rohypnol1Rohypnol (roh-HIP-nol) is the trade name for flunitrazepam (FLOO-neye-TRAZ-uh-pam).  Rohypnol takes 30-45 minutes to take effect and those effects may last as long as 8 hours.  If drugged, your speech and behavior would cause you to act drunk.  Your speech may be slurred and you may have trouble standing.  Depending on the dose, you may also feel nausea and it could cause death.  Rohypnol is also known as roofies.

GHB, short for gamma hydroxybutyric (GAM-muh heye-DROX-ee-BYOO-tur-ihk) acid.ghb2 GHB is a sedative that can cause memory loss.  To be effective as a date-rape drug, relatively high doses of the salty-tasting drug must be used.  The salty taste can be a give-away but soft drinks, beer or wine easily masks the flavor.  GHB takes effect in only 15 minutes and typically lasts from one to three hours.  It causes relaxation, drowsiness, dizziness, loss of consciousness.  GHB is known as:

  • Georgia Home Boy
  • Liquid Ecstasy
  • Liquid X
  • Liquid G
  • Fantasy

MDMA-powderMDMA or ecstasy typically causes a person to feel “lovey-dovey” towards others. Ecstasy takes effect in 30-60 minutes and lasts up to four hours.  It causes a euphoric feeling and lowers a person’s ability to reason.  Someone under the influence of ecstasy has a difficult time recognizing danger.

 

 

 

Alcohol – the most common date rape drug is legal and readily available.  Too much alcohol reduces a person’s ability to think clearly.  Set limits.  Make good choices or say “no” to sexual advances.

To protect yourself from becoming a victim: 

  • Double date with a trusted friend (trusted is the key word)
  • Don’t accept drinks from other people
  • Open containers yourself – if you didn’t see the drink opened, don’t drink it
  • Never let your drink leave your sight – ever
  • Don’t share drinks
  • Don’t drink from open containers such as punch-bowls
  • Don’t drink anything that tastes or smells strange (a salty flavor is a tip-off)
  • If you feel drunk and haven’t drunk any alcohol — or, if you feel like the effects of drinking alcohol are stronger than usual — get help right away
  • Have a ready-ride home a speed dial away.  Whether it’s a friend, relative, or taxi, you always need a ready ride at the tip of your finger

 

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