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 Date Rape Drug

SAFE​TY TIPS WHEN SOCIALizING​

Individuals may experience various effects upon ingesting a drug that is associated with drug facilitated sexual assaults.  Some of the signs and symptoms may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Difficulty remembering or loss of consciousness
  • Impaired motor function/feeling extremely intoxicated even though you had very little or no alcohol.
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Possible dizziness or problems seeing
  • Slurred speech or difficulty speaking

 

Campus Enforcement and Patrol encourages everyone to be aware of their surroundings when socializing:

 Socialize with trusted friends and try to stay together

  • Watch your drink as it is being made and never leave your drink unattended
  • Don’t accept drinks from other people
  • Don’t share your drink or drink from large punch bowls
  • If someone offers you a drink from the bar or at a party, go with the person to order your drink and watch the drink being poured.
  • If you feel more intoxicated than expected seek immediate medical assistance and also contact police.

 

INFORMATION TO HELP MAKE YOU BETTER AWARE OF COMMON DRUGS USED TO FACILITATE SEXUAL ASSAULTS

 

·         Date Rape drugs used to facilitate sexual assaults are often colorless, odorless and tasteless.

·         A drug induced high feels different than an alcohol induced high and the effects can be seen after just one drink.

·   ​      These drugs can cause temporary paralysis and memory loss leaving you vulnerable to possible sexual assault.

    ​​     GHB

            ·         Gamma hydroxybutyrate Acid.

·         Also known as “liquid ecstasy”.

·         Usually homemade, therefore its potency and dosages vary.

·         Available in liquid, powder, gel, putty and pill form.

·         GHB is an odorless, colorless; liquid that acts on the central nervous system as a depressant/anesthesia.

·         GHB has a salty taste.

·         GHB has a calming, euphoric effect, which has made its use popular at clubs and raves.

·         GHB usually takes effect within 15 minutes of ingestion and its effects can last for several hours (1.5 hrs- 4 hrs), depending on the dose.  When combined with alcohol the effect may last up to 20 – 30 hours.

 

   ROHYPNOL

 ​​·         Flunitrazepam; also known as: “Roofies”, Roach and Rope

·         Available in a pill form that dissolves quickly in liquids.

·         Can take effect in as little as 10 minutes of being ingested and can last for up to 24 hours.Rohyonol.png

·         Testing must be done quickly – within 72 hours.

·         Rohypnol is a strong sedative that slows down the central nervous system.  It can be administered unknowing and will debilitate victims.  It can cause blackouts, disorientation and can inhibit one’s ability to speak or move.  Victims under the effects of this drug may not be able to recall events they have experienced.  If mixed with alcohol or other depressants it can be lethal.

 

   KETAMINE

 ·         Ketamine Hydrochloride

·         Also known as “Special K”.

·         Available in white powder, tablet and liquid form (resembles cloudy water).

·         This drug can take effect immediately and can last up to 24 hours.

·         Ketamine is normally used as an animal tranquilizer.

​·         Ketamine can be snorted, the liquid mixed into drinks, injected or applied to smokable materials.

·         Individuals on ketamine could become wild, aggressive, violent or unconscious.

·         Ketamine is more powerful than rohypnol and an overdose could stop the heart almost instantly.

·         The effects of ketamine are: a distorted sense of balance, time, judgment, and the ability to communicate; blurred vision; numbness, disorientation; trembling; hallucinations; amnesia; convulsions; difficulty or loss of the ability to breathe and loss of consciousness.

·         Ketamine is detectable in the blood for up to 48 hours.

 

    ALCOHOL 

·         The oldest and most common drug used in sexual assaults.

·         Affects judgement and behavior.

 

 

 Some of the information gathered for this material comes from the NL Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre, Canadian and United States Drug Enforcement Administration and the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.​​​

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