Date Rape Drugs

Date Rape Drugs

While the most common date rape drug on campus is alcohol, there are other drugs for every woman to be aware of. These drugs can be easily slipped into a drink without the knowledge of the victim. Once she is incapacitated the rape can occur, sometimes without her even remembering. Only 98 percent of UNC men report that they would not use drugs to force intercourse with a woman.

Alcohol

This is the most common date-rape drug on campus. Alcohol is connected with over 90% of sexual assaults on campus and is dangerous because the victim is self-medicated.

Rohypnol

Rohypnol usually comes in a pill form -- small and white with a split-pill line on one side and the word "ROCHE" with the number 1 or 2 in a circle stamped on the other.

Combines with alcohol, it causes visual disturbance, drowsiness, confusion, dizziness, motion difficulty, respiratory depression and amnesia, and can result in death. The effects can last for up to 8 hours after ingestion.

GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyric acid)

GHB is a clear, odorless liquid that has a mildly salty taste.

It usually takes effect within 15 minutes of ingestion and can last up to 4 hours. Effects include decreased inhibitions, drowsiness, deep unresponsive seep, respirator arrest, nausea, convulsions, amnesia and loss of consciousness.

Ketamine

Ketamine can be a liquid, powder, or a tablet.

The drug distorts the sense of balance, time judgment and ability to communicate. It also causes hallucinations, blurred vision, numbness, disorientation, trembling, amnesia, convulsions and respiratory depression. The effects typically lasts for an hour although it is not uncommon for them to last 4 to 6 hours. Less overt effects can last up to 48 hours.

Protect Yourself

There are some things you can do to lower the odds that you become a victim of a date rape drug:

  • Don't go out by yourself.
  • Never leave your drink unattended.
  • Don't accept drinks that you didn't see made.
  • These drugs dissolve in non-alcoholic beverages as well as alcoholic ones
  • Don't share or exchange drinks
  • Don't take drinks from large open containers
  • If you are in a conversation where your attention may be averted, put your hand over your drink
  • Get help if you feel like you are becoming severely intoxicated after only 1 or 2 drinks
  • Beware if someone wants you to go outside to get some fresh air, especially if it is someone you have just met.