Date Rape Drug Testing

In this video of the NDS Video Blog series, Joe Reilly discusses Date Rape Drug Testing

Date rape drugs are those that can incapacitate an individual making them more vulnerable and susceptible to various types of assault, including sexual assault and rape.

Another term for date rape drugs is “predator drugs”, which is a more accurate term since the malicious acts and rape that can occur are better associated with a predator instead of someone you are dating.

When an individual is a victim of a date rape drug, it is often termed that they experienced “drug-facilitated sexual assault” or DFSA.

It may be surprising to learn that is is quite common for DFSA to be related to alcohol consumption. In these cases, the victim consumes the alcohol voluntarily in a social setting and, moreover, drinks the alcohol legally. The condition of voluntary consumption presents an opportunity for the predator since the victim can easily be encouraged to consume more alcohol, enough for them to pass out or lose consciousness.

In most parts of the United States, having sex with an unconscious person is considered rape.

Some studies suggest that an increase of sexual assault and rape of an unconscious victim on university campuses can be attributed to the peer pressure among students to engage in high levels of drinking alcohol.

Drugs Used For Date Rape

While unconsciousness from alcohol might be a common form of DFSA, there are equally common and much more dangerous drugs that are used by predators for DFSA.

Zolpidem, Ambien, or often called Z-drugs are among the most common in the U.S. according to the DEA.

Tranquilizers like Benzodiazepines are also frequently used in DFSA. These go by the names Valium, Librium, Xanax, and Ativan. The most well known being flunitrazepam or Rohypnol, and carry well-known nicknames like “roofies,” “rope,” and “roaches.” But the nickname list doesn’t end there; these predator rape drugs are also known as Whitleys, Trip-and-Fall, Ruffies, Rophies, Rope, Roopies, Roofies, Roches, Mind Erasers, Lunch Money, Mexican Valium, LA Rochas, Forget Pill, and Circles.

Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is a salty tasting drug that becomes largely undetectable when dissolved in a drink. It affects the central nervous system, creates a feeling of euphoria and lowers sexual inhibitions. You may hear it referred to as “Liquid X.”

If you hear mention of any of these drug names, it makes sense to stop consuming your drink and make an exit.

Liquid ecstasy, Roofie, Mickey, La Rocha, Forget-me-now pill, Special K, Roach, and Home Boy – all slang words often used for the common date rape drugs – GHB, Ketamine and Rohypnol. Some people even refer to them as “club drugs” because they are typically used at bars, dance clubs, raves, and concerts. Regardless of their name, they are dangerous drugs when not taken for medicinal purposes as prescribed by a physician and are often used by characters looking to take advantage of individuals.

Date rape drugs are used by shady people to take advantage of an individual financially or sexually. The usual method of delivery is by placing the drug in the victim’s drink. These drugs are rarely detectable by smell, taste or color, and in most cases, the victim will ingest them unknowingly. Ultimately, the victim will wake up after a blackout thinking that perhaps they were raped the night before. After waking, victims often feel paralyzed, confused, and dizzy and may not even know where they are. In many instances, they don’t even remember being assaulted or drugged in the first place.

If you are looking for help for yourself, friend or family member, a great resource for women regarding date rape is offered by the Office on Women’s Health in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Visit: What is rape and date rape?

Were You Date Rape Or Do You Suspect It?

That’s because the most common form of administering the date rape drug is by “spiking” someone’s drink. We always advise that in a public situation like at a party or a bar that you keep a close eye on whatever you are drinking.

Many people realize they’ve been given a date rape drug after they regain consciousness. They find their clothes disheveled, ripped or torn, and there may be signs of rape.

Both men and women have reported that they suspect they were given a date rape drug and were possibly raped.

We often get calls from individuals who believe they were given a date rape drug. Our staff has been specifically trained to handle date rape situations, and we have several testing options to detect the presence of date rape drugs.

A urine test can detect the presence of a date rape drug within 24 to 48 hours of ingestion. If an individual waited longer than that timeframe, a hair test would often be used. It’s preferable to wait seven days for the hair test, and a hair test for date rape drugs has a look-back period of 90 days.

man putting date rape drug in drink

What is more important than how long someone waits to take action is that they indeed take action. Date or predator rape is a serious offense, and the test to confirm is readily available. Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault (DFSR) is something that should not be ignored.

We recommend the comprehensive hair date rape test for a look back period to show that you have been given date rape drugs.  With the urine test the drugs may have left the body by the time you get tested.

How is Date Rape Drug Testing Done?

Date rape drug testing is rather simple and is available by providing a victim’s hair or urine specimen. Urine for a date rape drug test should be collected within 48 hours of the incident. After 48 hours, urine should not be the specimen tested; a hair test should be performed with a lookback period of up to 90 days.

As previously stated, there are many date rape drugs available such as Gamma-hydroxybutyric acid, or GHB, Rohypnol (generic name, flunitrazepam), Barbiturates, Opioids, Ketamine and other Benzodiazepines. Many times, the date rape drug is a combination of drugs. If you ever find yourself a victim of date rape, special testing kits for date rape drugs are available to order for delivery and testing in all areas of the United States. It’s very simple to order one of our comprehensive date rape drug tests online or with a phone call to one or our date rape drug testing specialists.

Word diagram for date rape drugs

It seems terrible to have to place an order for a date rape drug test, but unfortunately, here at National Drug Screening, we receive a large number of requests for date rape testing. Many times, individuals are just looking for answers to find out what happened, why they don’t remember the event, or to confirm that something did, in fact, happen to them.

Can You Get A Date Rape Test From Your Doctor?

Obtaining a date rape drug test can be difficult from a local physician, walk-in clinic or hospital. Even major drug testing laboratories usually don’t have date rape drug testing available. There are, however, specialty labs in the United States that can offer a comprehensive date rape drug testing pane. At National Drug Screening we have drug testing centers throughout the United States that collect the hair or urine specimen for a date rape drug test panel and perform the necessary testing to confirm a particular drug’s ingestion. Time is always of the essence though, so if you think you need to get tested for a date rape drug, it is extremely important to call National Drug Screening as soon as possible at 866-843-4545.