Date Rape Drugs

Often the victim wakes up in a strange room, having no memory of how they got there. However, looking at their missing clothing and feeling sore, they have a feeling that something has gone wrong. Unfortunately this nightmare does happen. In fact, these tasteless, odorless and colorless drugs are even being used at high school and college parties. These drugs can render a victim incapable of resisting sexual assault. This page was construct to inform people how to party safe and hopefully avoid a similar situation.

Protection Methods:

  • Educate yourself on what drugs are being used, including their appearance and effects. If you identify a drug, leave that situation immediately and contact the police.
  • Party with the buddy system and make sure to check on your friends.
  • Bring your own drinks that can be tightly covered.
  • Do not accept drinks from anyone other than a bartender or waiter/waitress.
  • Do not accept drinks from a punch bowl or other open container.
  • Never leave your drink because a friend left to watch it could easily be distracted.
  • Don't drink anything that has a funny taste, color or smell.


Rohypnol

(AKA: Roofies, Rope, Mexican valium, Roachies or Wolfies):

This drug is a central nervous system depressant that is ten times stronger than valium. The package states that patients may have no recollection of being awake for 6 to 8 hours. In other words, you can appear like you are functioning normally but not remember anything. Combined with alcohol the effects intensify and it can be lethal in large amounts. The pills are blue with a line scored on one side and the word ROCHE with a number 1 or 2 circled on the other side. Also, they think the drink and are coated with a film to slow digestion.

Effects of Rohypnol:

  • Quick intoxication
  • Slower motor skills
  • Muscle relaxation
  • Undisturable sleep
  • Amnesia/memory impairment
  • Headaches

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Tremors Ketamine

(AKA: special K, Ket, Vitamin K, KitKat, Super K, Green and Malcolm X's)

This drug is much more powerful than Rohypnol and an overdose can result in a coma or death. Usually a white powder or liquid form, this drug is an anesthetic used for farm animals. it takes about 5 minutes to take effect after being inhaled and about 20 minutes in ingested. The first reaction is a powerful hallucinatory trip that usually lasts 20 minutes to an hour.

Effects of Tremors Ketamine:

  • Loss of motor control/difficulty in walking, talking or standing
  • Temporary memory loss
  • Nausea
  • Numbness and drowsiness
  • Blocks normal thinking, memory recall and most sensory input
  • Extreme hallucinations
  • Physical incapacitation

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GHB, Gamma Hydroxybutrate

(AKA: Liquid X, ecstasy, Georgia Home Boys, Easy Lay, Ever Clear, Grievous Bodily Harm, Cherry Meth, Soap, PM and salt water)

GHB is prescribed for narcolepsy and alcoholism. Body builders who believe the myth that GHB helps them lose weight also use it. It comes in a white crystalline powder or a clear, odorless liquid that tastes slightly salty. Therefore, it is usually slipped into Margaritas and other salty drinks. After ingestion, it takes effect in 15 minutes and lasts 3 to 4 hours. It stays in the bloodstream for 4 to 5 hours and can be detected in a urine sample up to 12 hours after ingestion.

Effects of GHB:

  • Users may become violent or aggressive
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Respiratory failure
  • Unconsciousness
  • Seizures
  • Coma

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Alcohol

Most people know alcohol's effects but are unfamiliar with the fact that under the influence of alcohol, sex is not consensual because both parties can't make clear decisions. Alcohol has its own dangerous effects, but it can also be the carrying methods for other date rape drugs.

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If you think you have been drugged:

  • Find a safe escort home.
  • Seek medical attention. Sexual assault is a violent crime and you may have sustained injuries you are not aware of. Doctors can check for internal injuries, test for STD's and STI's and give emergency contraception. They will also test your blood and urine for the presence of Date Rape Drugs, if you request it. You have a 72-hour window to be tested for Date Rape Drugs.
  • Call a campus or local resource for additional help and support.

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Source: Adapted from Crime and Sexual Assault Services (CASAS) website, Student Affairs, WWU


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Page Updated 06.03.2013