The date rape drug

Kit Kat, bedtime scoop, liquid x and mind erasers. Does anyone happen to know what all these names are?

How about if a more commonly known name is used? Does the date rape drug ring any bells? That’s right, all these names are slang for roofies.  Many different types of roofies travel in and out of local bars, restaurants and even hotels. Three most common types of roofies are rohypnol, GHB and ketamine. Each has a different effect, and they aren’t something to be taken lightly.

This may not seem like important information to some, but date rape drugs are under the radar and knowledge is needed. Date rape drugs are used to make you dizzy and weak and even cause you to black out and forget.

This isn’t something that should be brushed off or ignored.  This is a serious matter that has affected many people’s lives, and although some may think it will never happen to them it’s quite possible. Anyone is a potential victim.

A date rape drug is a drug that is used for sexual harassment or abuse.  It is used to weaken the motor skills of  humans being so that they may be taken advantage of.

These drugs are very powerful and dangerous and almost undetectable according to MC student Mary Ruth. This drug is offered as a pill; it also comes in liquid and powder form, making it easy for predators to distribute it through things such as a drink. It has no color, smell or taste.

For example, Royhpnol, takes nearly 30 minutes to take effect, and it can last several hours according to Midland forensic specialist Gary Smith.  This specific type may cause victims to act as if they are drunk, leaving them with an intoxicating experience. Victims may also experience difficulty standing and talking. Nausea, dizziness and even confusion can take place as well.

GHB has similar effects but can affect victims in half the time as royhpnol. GHB can cause shortness of breath, sweating, nausea, motor skill impairment and could make the victim pass out.

Ketamine is one of the scarier roofies. According to Smith, it is one that can cause you to be unaware of what is happening and causes all motor skills to shut down, leaving victims immobile.  According to Smith, it can leave victims with an out-of-body experience and in a “dream” state.  Ketamine can cause loss of speech, loss of coordination and nausea.

One main thing all of these drugs have in common is they can all cause death.

According to Smith, there are potential ways to prevent this from happening. Be aware of the situation and people around. Know that not everyone is a friend. Don’t accept drinks from strangers or for that matter even a friend, don’ share drinks, and  keep drinks with you at all times.

Don’t drink from open containers at a party like a huge punch bowl, and if you left a drink unattended, pour it out. Don’t be a victim and inform others of these dangers. There are crazy people in the world and being a victim can happen to anyone—remember that.IMG_0254

 

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