The dangers of date rape drugs

credit: oade.nd.edu

credit: oade.nd.edu

They are on college campuses, at parties, and in nightclubs. They can be bought on the street, the Internet, or at a local drugstore. They are date rape drugs and unfortunately, they are a sad reality in our culture today. Date-rape drugs can be defined as, “any substance that renders you incapable of saying no or asserting yourself and your needs and can be used to commit rape.”

When secretly slipped into any type of beverage, the sedating substances can leave anyone vulnerable to a sexual assault. Rape and sexual assaults are becoming frequent occurrences on college campuses. Approximately one in four college-aged women is date raped or experiences an attempted date rape during her college years, and it can happen to anyone. Even you.

Women between the ages of 16-24 are four times more likely to be date raped than any other age group, and most students forget that alcohol is the number one date rape drug on college campuses. Approximately 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.

Several college-aged women have even reported waking up in fraternity houses or apartments with no clothing on; finding themselves in strange surroundings with unknown people, or having actually been sexually assaulted while under the influence of a date rape drug.

Here are the four common date-rape drugs to watch out for.

Rohypnol “Roofies” & Gamma Hydroxy Butyrate (GHB)

Rohypnol and Gamma Hydroxy Butyrate are depressants that can cause dizziness, disorientation, loss of inhibitions, memory blackouts, and loss of consciousness when mixed with alcohol.

Both are odorless, colorless, and tasteless, so the victim may not even realize it if someone slips one of these substances into your drink. Even though GHB is illegal in the U.S. and cannot be bought, it is still being made and dispensed at night clubs.

Ecstasy

Ecstasy is considered to be a strong stimulant. Its effects are unpredictable among different individuals even if given the same dosage. Users commonly experience confusion, depression, sleep problems, drug craving, anxiety, muscle tension, nausea, blurred vision and faintness.

Ketamine

This was developed in the 1960s as an anesthetic for surgeries. It causes unconsciousness, hallucinations, loss of body control and numbing. If it’s mixed with alcohol the victim’s body may look distorted and she may experience amnesia or euphoria. This drug works quickly; once it is ingested, the victim would only have a few seconds before losing consciousness. With only 48 hours to detect this drug in your system, it may be impossible to know if it was ever in your body at all.

Even though each of these drugs causes specific symptoms, the victim may not always realize she is experiencing them. While the drug is active in the person’s system, she will have little or no control over her body.

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