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Know more about date rape drugs

Know more about date rape drugs

14 November | 0 Comments | By Rachael

Date rape drugs are often used to facilitate sexual assaults without a person’s consent by making him or her more vulnerable. At times, more than one drug is also used to make people unconscious so that they fail to control what is happening around them and are unable to protect themselves. Usually, people discreetly slip such drugs into other’s drinks.

Such date rape drugs can affect individuals by making them physically weak. At the end, they are unable to defend themselves from any kind of assault. This is one of the prime reasons individuals use date drugs—to take undue sexual advantage of another person. Since these drugs are generally colorless, odorless and tasteless, people served spiked drinks do not have the foggiest idea about what they have taken and could barely remember the sequence of events.

Some of the commonly used date rape drugs include:

  • Rohypnol (also known as flunitrazepam): Commonly prescribed to people with sleep and anxiety disorders. Though chemically similar to drugs like Valium and Xanax, it does not have an approval for medical use in the U.S.
  • Gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB): Also known as cherry meth, liquid E or scoop, it is used to treat narcolepsy.
  • Ketamine, also known as vitamin K, cat valium, Kit Kat or special K: Mainly used during surgical procedures.

Consequences of date rape drugs on users

These potent substances act on the central nervous system (CNS) and can lead to inhibition, impaired judgment and memory loss. Rohypnol, also known as roofies, forget-me-now pills, etc., inflict drowsiness, confusion, breathing problems, etc.

On the other side, GHB by acting on the CNS causes amnesia, makes the other person throw up and slows down the heart rate. While it causes a coma or death at high doses, it tends to worsen the effects when mixed with alcohol. Moreover, it usually takes 15 to 30 minutes to show effects that may last three to six hours.

GHB, discovered by a Russian chemist in the nineteenth century, was used as a general anesthetic earlier. However, GHB is commonly used in nightclubs, raves, music festivals or parties. The report highlighted that people aged 35 to 49 had the highest past-year use of GHB in 2015, while those aged 50 to 64 had the lowest rate.

Lastly, ketamine triggers effect as quickly as a minute after consumption. It can cause a range of consequences, such as distorted perceptions, out-of-body or dream-like experiences, breathing problems, loss of coordination, convulsions, numbness, violent behavior, high blood pressure, etc. The high doses of ketamine is capable of causing death.

As per the numerous evidences, individuals under the influence of GHB are not able to communicate effectively and often engage in wild body motions. By inflicting slow heart rate, drowsiness and a sedative effect, these drugs have the potential to paralyze a person by impairing muscle control. With the loss of muscle control, a person is unable to move or call for help.

Seek treatment for an addiction-free life

Since it is quite difficult to detect date rape drugs, it is essential to exercise few precautions while enjoying a party or going on a date. Some of the effective measures to be kept in mind include avoiding drinks offered by other people, opening container oneself,  keeping tabs on one’s drink, saying no to drinks tasting and smelling odd, throwing away the unattended drink, etc. Furthermore, there is an increased risk of an overdose due to such date rape drugs.

If you or your loved one is suffering from any kind of drug abuse or addiction, contact the Detox Facilities Texas to access the best rapid detox centers in Texas. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 866-671-4308 or chat online to know about the detox centers in Texas.