• Understanding date rape drugs.
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    Women’s Health

    The three most common date rape drugs are:

    Rohypnol (roh-HIP-nol). Rohypnol is the trade name for flunitrazepam (FLOO-neye-TRAZ-uh-pam). Abuse of two similar drugs appears to have replaced Rohypnol abuse in some parts of the United States. These are: clonazepam (marketed as Klonopin in the U.S.and Rivotril in Mexico) and alprazolam (marketed as Xanax).

    GHB, which is short for gamma hydroxybutyric (GAM-muh heye-DROX-ee-BYOO-tur-ihk) acid.

    Ketamine (KEET-uh-meen)

    The effects of Rohypnol can be felt within 30 minutes of being drugged and can last for several hours. If you are drugged, you might look and act like someone who is drunk. You might have trouble standing. Your speech might be slurred. Or you might pass out.

    GHB takes effect in about 15 minutes and can last 3 or 4 hours. It is very potent: A very small amount can have a big effect. So it’s easy to overdose on GHB. Most GHB is made by people in home or street “labs.” So, you don’t know what’s in it or how it will affect you.

    Ketamine is very fast-acting. You might be aware of what is happening to you, but unable to move. It also causes memory problems. Later, you might not be able to remember what happened while you were drugged.

    The linked article mostly speaks for itself — chillingly well.

    Recognize though that the term, “Date rape drug,” is deceptive at best and hides well the reality that a drug facilitated sexual assault is quite likely to be committed by a person largely unknown to the victim – perhaps one that the victim has never even met.

    But, there is an even harsher reality:

    Drug facilitated sexual assault is now no longer just an isolated occurance. Actually, it’s so common women appear to be borderline volunteering for it as just another part of the party culture…

    And, to add insult to injury, the medical system has just gotten bored with the whole thing, Alberta Health Care has even ceased testing for it and researchers have started publishing academic work acting like alcohol is pretty much on par with real drug facilitated sexual assault.

    Sadly, the only defence women appear to have in our society is self defence…

    How can I protect myself from being a victim?

    Don’t accept drinks from other people.

    Open containers yourself.

    Keep your drink with you at all times, even when you go to the bathroom.

    Don’t share drinks.

    Don’t drink from punch bowls or other common, open containers. They may already have drugs in them.

    If someone offers to get you a drink from a bar or at a party, go with the person to order your drink. Watch the drink being poured and carry it yourself.

    Don’t drink anything that tastes or smells strange. Sometimes, GHB tastes salty.

    Have a nondrinking friend with you to make sure nothing happens.

    If you realize you left your drink unattended, pour it out.

    If you feel drunk and haven’t drunk any alcohol — or, if you feel like the effects of drinking alcohol are stronger than usual — get help right away.

    If you feel even the slightest dizziness, nausea, vomiting, tremors, sweating or problems seeing, then listen to your body and stop drinking instantly. Before the drug can take full effect, flee to a place where the perp can not follow, stay there until you can call for help or be sure you could escape fully, put yourself in the care of a friend or the police and then get medical help.

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