Commonly referred to as date rape drugs, Rohypnol, GHB, Ketamine, and other drugs are used to leave a person unconscious and defenseless to sexual assault. These drugs can be slipped into drinks and food, and can leave you with little or no memory of what happened. These drugs are dangerous and powerful; they can do serious harm and even kill. Some have no taste, odor or color and thus can be snuck into food without your knowledge.
What are the effects of these drugs?
These drugs can affect you quickly... within minutes. The impact of the drugs depends on how much is taken and if the drug is combined with any other substance, like alcohol.
- Rohypnol - (aka: Roofies, forget pill, date rape drug)
- An illegal extremely powerful sleeping pill (10x valium)
- White, dime-sized pill sold in a bubble packaging with "Roche" label
- No smell, taste, or color when dissolved in liquid (20 seconds)
- Can cause relaxation, sleepiness, dizziness, unconsciousness, memory loss, nausea, confusion, and more
- Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate - (aka: GHB, Liquid X)
- Central system depressant
- Usually a liquid with no smell or color, with a slightly salty taste
- Can cause dizziness, nausea, vomiting, blackouts, amnesia, problems seeing and breathing, euphoria, and more
- Ketamine - (aka: Special K, Vitamin K, Breakfast Cereal, Super K)
- Veterinary sedative
- Can come in liquid, pill or powder form
- Can cause hallucinations, impaired motor function, convulsions, vomiting, trance-like state, respiratory problems, memory problems, and more
- Ecstasy - (aka: X, XTC, Adam, MDMA)
- An illegal drug with both stimulant and hallucinogenic effects
- Commonly found in tablets in many shapes and colors
- Can cause hallucinations, teeth clenching, blurred vision, impaired judgment, tremors, and more
Are there any warning signs?
- You may start to feel "woozy" and feel as if you are more intoxicated than you would normally feel after drinking the same amount.
- You may recall having a drink but do not remember anything afterward.
- You may feel fuzzy and experience a lapse in memory.
- You may experience nausea, dizziness, and black-outs.
- You may feel as though you had sex but you can't recall the details.
What should I do if I think I have been drugged and sexually assaulted?
- Get to a safe place and ask a friend to help you.
- Get immediate medical help; you can call 911 and ask for an ambulance if necessary.
- You can call the SATC hotline at 524-7273 for help.
- You can call 911 to report the sexual assault.
Is alcohol considered a rape drug?
- While alcohol is not technically considered a "rape drug," it can cause impaired judgment and can contribute to a sexual assault incident.
- In over 35% of sexual assaults, the offender is intoxicated according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, of the U.S. Department of Justice.
How can I reduce the risk of rape drugs?
- Do not leave beverages where you can not see them.
- Do not take any beverage, including alcohol, from someone you do not know well and trust.
- At a bar or club, accept drinks only from the bartender or server.
- At parties, do not accept open-container drinks from anyone.
- Be alert to the behavior of friends and ask them to watch out for you. Anyone appearing to be extremely intoxicated after consuming only a small amount of alcohol may be in danger.
- Share this information with friends and talk about ways to look out for each other at parties and social events.
- If you suspect someone has consumed a date rape drug or sedative-like substance, take them to a hospital emergency room or call 911 for an ambulance. Get a urine sample as soon as possible.