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Overview of date rape drugs

What are “rape drugs?” from the Santa Monica Rape Treatment Center.

Certain drugs, such as Rohypnol, GHB, and Ketamine, are sometimes called “Rape Drugs” because they can be used as a weapon in sexual assault crimes. When the drugs are hidden in a drink, they may be completely undetectable. Yet, they are powerful and dangerous. They can seriously harm or even kill you.

For more information call the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center at 1-800-END-RAPE (1-800-363-7273).

Highlight: New products help detect date rape drugs -the drink detective.



Government Resources

GHB described on the DEA website.


Victims may not be aware that they ingested a drug at all. GHB and its analogues are invisible when dissolved in water, and are odorless. They are somewhat salty tasting, but are indiscernible when dissolved in beverages such as sodas, liquor, or beer.


Rohypnol and GHB


Rohypnol can incapacitate victims and prevent them from resisting sexual assault. It can produce "anterograde amnesia," which means individuals may not remember events they experienced while under the effects of the drug. Also, Rohypnol may be lethal when mixed with alcohol and/or other depressants.


White House Drug Policy- date rape drugs


"Rohypnol, GHB, and ketamine are all central nervous system depressants. Lower doses of Rohypnol can cause muscle relaxation and can produce general sedative and hypnotic effects. In higher doses, Rohypnol causes a loss of muscle control, loss of consciousness, and partial amnesia. When combined with alcohol, the toxic effects of Rohypnol can be aggravated.17 The sedative effects of Rohypnol begin to appear approximately 15–20 minutes after the drug is ingested. The effects typically last from 4–6 hours after administration of the drug, but some cases have been reported in which the effects were experienced 12 or more hours after administration.18

GHB has been shown to produce drowsiness, nausea, unconsciousness, seizures, severe respiratory depression, and coma. Additionally, GHB has increasingly become involved in poisonings, overdoses, date rapes, and fatalities.19"


Date rape drugs detectable one week to one month after use


"Micro-plate enzyme immunoassay method allows to detect flunitrazepam and related compounds in urine at least up to 5 days after administration of a single dose of Rohypnol®...The metabolite remains in hair for at least one month after administration of a single dose of Rohypnol®. There is no correlation between dose of
Rohypnol® and concentration of both compounds in hair."



Non-profit Resources


How Victims Inability to Recall What Happened Affects the System's Response


A pdf article on date rape drugs and how the experience affects the victim.

The drugging should be recognized as a separate and distinct act of victimization in addition to any other acts of abuse and degradation to which the victim was subjected. How Being Unable to Forget Compares With Being Unable to
Remember. In the aftermath of rape, most victims suffer acute stress disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms.


Acquaintance Rape of College Students


Rape is the most common violent crime on American college campuses today. This guide describes the problem of acquaintance rape of college students, addressing its scope, causes and contributing factors; methods for analyzing it on a particular campus; tested responses; and measures for assessing response effectiveness.


Project GHB


Project GHB is a source of vital communication as more & more information about GHB comes to light.


Fact Sheet on date rape and club drugs


This site is intended as a research source for journalists. It contains a list of links to other resources about date rape drugs as well as current news stories.



Private Sector Resources

Current Events- articles about date rape drugs from the zero


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