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What You Should Know About Date-Rape Drugs


Since sexual assault is so prevalent, it's important to talk about how date-rape drugs could play a part. Staying educated about these drugs is a great way to keep yourself safe so check out the chart below to learn about three very popular date-rape drugs.

Drug Appearance/Form Effect on Person
GHB (gamma hydroxybutyric acid) Liquid with no color or odor, white powder, or a pill. Relaxation, dizziness, vomiting, sweating, unconsciousness, memory loss, coma, death.
Rohypnol (flunitrazepam): also called Rufies A pill that dissolves in liquids. Newer pills turn the liquid blue, but older ones that have no color are still available. Drowsiness, drunk {feeling}, problems talking, seeing, or moving, confusion, dizziness, loss of consciousness.
Ketamine (ketamine hydrochloride) White powder. Hallucinations, problems breathing, feeling out of control, lost sense of time and identity, numbness, slurred speech, vomiting.

To find out how to protect yourself from being a victim of a date-rape drug, read more.

Although these tips might seem obvious, it can't hurt to refresh your memory, especially before a long weekend: Since these drugs are often dissolved in alcoholic drinks, never accept drinks from people you don't know and never let your drink out of your sight. Don't share drinks, drink from punch bowls, or drink anything that tastes or smells funky (GHB can have a salty flavor). And as always, drink responsibly and never drink and drive. Have a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend!

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