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What Date Rape Drugs Are Most Common?

What Date Rape Drugs Are Most Common?

Author: Shernide Delva

Date rape drugs are drugs that are sometimes used to assist a sexual assault. Sexual assault is defined as any sexual behavior that a person does not consent to. Date rape drugs are a sad reality and have been for quite some time.

Date rape drugs are powerful and dangerous. Many date rape drugs have no color, taste or smell, so you cannot tell if you are drugged. After blindly consuming these drugs, you may become weak and confused, or even pass out.

Here are three common date rape drugs:

  • Rohypnol (roh-HIP-nol) – Rohypnol is the trade name for flunitrazepam (FLOO-neye-TRAZ-uh-pam). Rohypnol is an intermediate-acting benzodiazepine with properties close to that of Valium (diazepam). It is used to treat insomnia and induce anesthesia. Rohypnol is approximately 7 to 10 times stronger than Valium.  The drug comes in various forms but is most common in a pill that dissolves in liquid. It is illegal in the United States and commonly sold via the black market. The side effects of rophypnol are a loss of muscle control, slowed hand-eye coordination, slurred speech, loss of consciousness and is potentially fatal.
  • GHB– Another common date-rape drug is clinically coined The full name is Gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid). The drug is legal in the United States to treat narcolepsy. It is a controlled substance that is distributed under authorized medical conditions. However, it is found in the hands of perpetrators via the black market. Common names for the drug are bedtime scoop, cherry meth, Gook, Liquid X among others. Side effects are blurred vision, drowsiness, seizures, lower blood pressure, problems breathing and coma/death.
  • Ketamine– this is another common drug use to lower inhibitions of the victim. Ketamine decreases motor function and limits memory capacity. Ketamine is legal for use as an anesthetic for humans and animals in the United States. The drug has similar side effects similar to Rohypnol and GHB. Supply and demand have resulted in perpetrators to steal supplies from a veterinary clinic, where the drug is commonly used in anesthetic procedures.

Is Alcohol a Date Rape drug?

In many sexual assault cases, alcohol is involved. Therefore, the question of whether alcohol is a date rape drug is brought up often. The truth is any drugs that impair judgment or behavior technically can be considered a date rape drug. Alcohol is the most common drug used to commit sexual assault.

When a person drinks excessive amounts of alcohol, they find it limits their ability to set limits and make good choices. It is also possible to blackout and has memory loss.  Still, even if a victim drank alcohol or willingly took drugs, that does not mean they are at fault. A person is not responsible for an assault to happen.

How can I protect myself from being a victim?

Sexual assault is common among college campuses and nightclubs. It is important to be diligent during these times and stay alerted. If something does not feel right, do not hesitate to reach out for help.

Here are some tips to help protect yourself from sexual assault:

  • Don’t accept drinks from other people.
  • Open containers yourself and take drinks directly from the bartender.
  • Do not share drinks with anyone.
  • If someone offers you a drink, walk with them to watch the drink being made.
  • Carry all drinks yourself.
  • If you accidentally leave your drink unattended, pour it out.
  • If you feel drunk and have not drunk much alcohol, get help right away.
  • Do not go out with strangers; bring someone reliable with you if possible.

It is important always to be aware of potential dangers of date rape drugs. Sexual assault is a severe traumatic occurrence. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental illness or addiction, please reach out. We want to help.

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