Date Rape Drugs

You can’t see them, You can’t taste them – but you can be aware of them.

It pays to know exactly what you’re up against.  While many sedatives have been used as date-rape drugs, Rohypnol, GHB, and Ketamine are the most common.

They’re colorless, odorless and can be slipped into your drink by someone you know- maybe even trust.

It can happen at a bar, a party- even in the student union.  while they’ve been known to make their way into beverages ranging from fruit juice and soda to bottled water, they’re most often placed in alcohol to enhance their effect.

In as few as 15 minutes, the victim can become dizzy and black out.  Upon recovery, she will have little or no memory of what happened next- possibly including sexual assault.  Date-rape drugs enter and leave the bloodstream in a short span of time, so victims often have little chance of proving they were drugged.

GHB

Short for gamma-hydroxybutrate, GHB is most oftehn admistered to victims as a clear liquid with a salty taste, but can also be found in capsule and pwder forms.  Due to its potential for calming and euphoric effects, it has become increasingly popular at clubs and raves.

When administered by a rapist, it can also cause intoxication followed by deep sedatin, lasting up to eight hours.  Victims may experience reduced inhibitions, nausea, convulsions, amnesia and loss of consciousness.  Mixed with alcohol, GHB can cause the central nervous system to shut down, resulting in respiratory distress, coma- even death.

Ketamine

Administered in liquid, tablet and powder forms, Ketamine is a fast-acting  genearl anesthetic approved for veterinary use.  It has become popular at raves, where it is used to produce euphoric effects.  For date-rape drug victims, however, it can cause impaired judgment, paranoia, hallucinations, amnesia, numbness, convulsions, muscle rigidity and respiratory depression.  Its effects typically last for one hour, but it can take a victim up to 48 hours to fully recover.  In large doses, it can induce oxygen starvation to the muscles and brain, causing permanent damage.

Rohypnol

Often dropped into beverages in tablet form, Rohypnol is a potent and fast-acting sedative that, when added to a non-alcoholic drink, leaves no taste, odor or visible effect on a drink’s appearance.  It does, however, turn red when mixed with alcohol.  Depending upon the dose, it can cause impaired judgment, dis inhibition, dizziness, blackouts and amnesia in as few as 15 minutes, and for up to three hours.  Mixed with alcohol, it can be deadly.

If you Believe You’ve Consumed a Beverage Containing a Date-Rape Drug:

  • Ask a friend to accompany you to a safe place, then have him or her call the police or SACIS or CAISA.
  • Seek immediate medical attention at the nearest hospital.  Try to keep a sample of the beverage for analysis, and ask the hospital to collect a urine sample for drug toxicology testing.
  • Share the information you learn with your friends!
  • Keep an eye on one another and know that you are not to blame if you are drugged.

You May Have Had a Date-Rape Drug if you:

  • Feeling more intoxicated than you should in proportion to the amount of alcohol you consumed.
  • Dizziness and/or nausea
  • Memory loss
  • Breathing and motion difficulties.

It is NEVER your fault!!!
Some Tips

  • Do not leave your drink unattended.
  • Do not accept open-container drinks from anyone but a bartender or server.
  • Try to attend bars or parties with a group of friends, arranging beforehand to watch each other’s drinks
  • watch out for your friends.