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What You Need To Know About Date Rape Drugs

08 Nov 2016

In an effort to sedate young men and women at parties, people will use ‘date rape’ drugs that impair judgement, memory and motor function. While you can’t control people’s intentions, you can help protect yourself through education. This article will help you get some background on the most common ‘date rape’ drugs and provide some insight on how to stay safe.

Most Common Drugs

  • Rohypnol (Roofies, Circles, Forget Pill)

  • GHB (Cherry Meth, Liquid E, Soap)

  • Ketamine (Special K, Purple, Kit Kat)

What Do They Look Like?

  • Rohypnol comes in pill form but it is made to dissolve in liquid. The most common look for the pill is a small, white circle that appears grainy to the eye. When slipped into a drink, the pill will often turn the liquid dark but it can be hard to see in a dark room.

  • GHB comes in both solid and liquid forms and it is basically odorless. If it is mixed into a beer or any kind of non-fruit drink, it will give off a saltier taste.

  • Ketamine comes in both liquid and powder forms. Some people even take small amounts of ketamine and use it for recreational purposes in alcoholic beverages.

What Are the Effects?

  • Rohypnol is fast acting and the effects can be felt in as little as thirty minutes. Most of the effects are similar to that of someone who is intoxicated. You’ll experience nausea, dizziness, slurred speech and worst of all, you’ll have difficulty remembering what happened during the drugged period.

  • GHB is more potent than ‘roofies’ and it is far more dangerous. Most GHB is made in street labs so the person using it doesn’t even know what is in it. In a pure form, GHB acts similarly to Rohypnol but even a small dose can affect the body for up to 4 hours. If you notice anything different about your drink, stop immediately and notify the rest of your friends at the party.

  • Ketamine is a common date rape drug because it can be purchased legally as an anesthetic for hospitals and veterinary clinics. It has similar effects to the previous two drugs, but it is just easier to obtain. The veterinary field is often robbed of Ketamine supplies by gangs and drug traffickers for future sale.

How Can I Protect Myself?

  • The most important thing to remember is to trust your instincts. If you feel that the people at a party are rubbing you the wrong way, don’t hesitate to grab your friends and leave.

  • Never place your drink down even when you go to the bathroom.

  • Never drink from punch bowls or any other open containers. It is common for fraternity’s and other college parties to have these types of drinks readily available.

  • Always designate a friend to look after the group. They’ll be able to tell if you are not acting the way you usually do when you’re intoxicated.

At National Drug Screening, our team is highly skilled and experienced with multiple types of tests. The Date Rape Panel test can be performed with either a urine or hair sample so you can be sure of what happened the night before. The results usually take about 1-3 weeks and we will be there to guide you every step of the way.
 
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