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Drug Facilitated Rape
Drug facilitated rape most often occurs when a drug is slipped into someone’s drink, without that person’s knowledge. Most all of the drugs are odorless, tasteless, and colorless. They come in powder or liquid form. It only takes a rapist one second to slip something into a person’s drink without them knowing about it. Many times the rapists act like the "good guy." He says that he will take the victim home and take care of them since they do not feel well. The Drug-Induced Rape Prevention and Punishment Act of 1996 made it a crime to give any nonconsenting individual a controlled substance with the intent of committing a violent act, including rape, against the individual.
Get The Facts…
The term ‘club drugs’ refers to a wide variety of drugs often used at all-night dance parties ("raves"), clubs or concerts. They can damage the neurons in your brain, impairing your senses, memory, judgment, and coordination. They can cause a kind of amnesia – users may not remember what they said or did while under the effects or what was done to them. Others can make you unconscious or immobilize you. Because club drugs are illegal and often produced in makeshift laboratories, it is impossible to know exactly what chemicals were used to produce them. High doses can cause severe breathing or brain problems, coma, or even death. Despite what you may have heard, club drugs can be addictive and the feelings users get won’t last. Mixing club drugs together or with alcohol is extremely dangerous. The effects of one drug can magnify the effects and risks of another.
How Can You Tell If A Friend Is Using…
If your friend has one or more of the following warning signs, they may need help:
Alcohol is the #1 date rape drug. Alcohol is the perfect drug for a rapist because it is generally accepted by society as an ‘excuse’ for unacceptable behavior. Many times, the victim is already willfully consuming alcohol. Alcohol causes many of the same symptoms other date rape drugs do, including: unconsciousness and memory impairment. These are two things a rapist is looking for. A late craze is to add high ‘proof’ alcohol to high content caffeine sodas to up the ante.
GHB was originally developed in Europe as an anesthetic. Body builders also used it as a fat burning, muscle building supplement. Alarmingly, recipes on how to make illicit drugs such as GHB are often found on the Internet and users report their effects on on-line blogs (journals). Many ingredients can be found in household cabinets! However, to make the drug go further, many makers add things like lye. Therefore, it is very uncertain what is or was in the drug. GHB can come in a white powder form or more typically in a clear liquid. It can be stored in eye drop bottles, water bottles, etc. GHB is often used with alcohol to enhance it’s effects. The onset of action is rapid and in an overdose, unconsciousness can occur after 15 minutes, and coma within 30 to 40 minutes and last two to four hours. GHB (gammahydroxbutyrate) can be made from GBL or butanediol. All three chemicals quickly leave the body and may make it difficult to detect by emergency personnel. It is colorless and odorless and has surpassed Rohypnol in usage during drug-facilitated sexual assaults.
Ecstasy reportedly quickens the pulse, tingles the spine and makes the users want to touch – and to be touched. For this reason, it is also known as the "hug drug". Rave parties are the heart of the Ecstasy culture. Raves parties are generally known as ‘alcohol free’ environments because alcohol lessens Ecstasy’s effect. These dusk-to-dawn dance sessions (playing electronic repetitive fast-paced music) usually have water misters to try to keep body temperatures down as this is a side effect of the drug. Typically, Ecstasy comes in a tablet form stamped with a logo of some sort making it look like candy. Very often, themes for the raves are based around this stamp. Rave fliers/Internet announcements are put out just immediately prior to the event in an attempt to elude law enforcement. The ‘high’ from one pill can last 4-6 hours, causing a hallucinatory state, nervousness, dry mouth and dilated pupils. Since it has this hallucinatory effect, glow sticks and black lights are popular items with users. The drug also causes users to grind their teeth so many of them suck on pacifiers or sour lollipops to keep from doing so. Rapists often lace these pacifiers and lollipops with Ecstasy. Other rave activities include spreading menthol rubs in dust masks to inhale the fumes and supposedly enhance the trip. Many young adults perceive Ecstasy as a ‘safe’ drug. One serious side effect Ecstasy has is on serotonin levels. Serotonin regulates our moods and Ecstasy uses up all the users’ serotonin levels which is particularly dangerous to an immature brain. This can also lead to increased aggression, impulsive behavior or depression. High doses can cause muscle breakdown, kidney failure, cardiovascular failure, liver damage, and paralysis. Recently, Viagra is being added to this drug and goes by the name ‘sextasy’ creating more of a sexual abuse problem. Doctors also warn of the increased risk of STD’s and AIDS.
Methamphetamine is a central nervous system stimulant synthetically produced in clandestine labs Yaba is a "meth" tablet often sold as Ecstasy. Color and even flavors are added to make them more appealing. "Yaba" tablets are a combination of methamphetamine and caffeine, are reddish-orange or green, and are stamped with a variety of logos, with ‘WY’ the most common.
Ketamine is used mainly by veterinarians as an animal tranquilizer. It comes in powder form which is snorted, smoked or dissolved in liquid. It can also be injected. Special K can cost approximately $200 per vial. It was first noticed at ‘rave’ parties. Within a short amount of time, the person could become unconscious and this will last 10-15 minutes. Amnesia may be present for at least 10-12 hours. Many times, this drug will render the victim aware but temporarily paralyzed.
Rohypnol has been used legally for the treatment of sleep disorders. It typically comes in pill form with a single or double underscore on one side and is blue/green in color. Hoffman LaRoche (the manufacturer) states some users have no recollection of any awakenings occurring in the 6-12 hours during which the drug exerts its action. It is usually dropped in a drink and dissolved unbeknownst to the recipient.
Other drugs that have been associated with date rape:
Gamma Aminobutyric Acid (GABA)
PLURR (Peace, Love, Unity, Respect, Responsibility) is an acronym many ‘rave’ club goers use to describe how they feel about their activity giving a false sense of security to many. They also use terms such as the following to describe getting high (robo, polydrugging, rolling, 8up, flipping, sketchy, trolling, etc.)
How long substances stay in the body and can be detected by testing
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