Club Drugs a.k.a. Date Rape/Predatory Drugs

Club Drugs a.k.a. Date Rape/Predatory Drugs

Club Drugs a.k.a. Date Rape/Predatory Drugs

Predatory drugs is a term used to identify drugs that can be used to facilitate sexual assault. They include such drugs as Rohypnol, GHB, Ketamine. These drugs can cause blackouts, leaving the person with no recollection of what happened. They are colorless and odorless when mixed with water, although they do sometimes have a salty taste. When mixed with soda, alcohol, or other beverages they become virtually undetectable. They metabolize quickly and become difficult to detect in as little as 12 hours.

Effects

Ketamine causes distortion in perception. In high doses it can cause delirium and amnesia. GHB and Rohypnol are both sedating drugs.

Risks

Abuse of GHB can cause coma and seizures, while Rohypnol can incapacitate users and cause amnesia. If Rohypnol is mixed with alcohol it can be lethal. Some of these drugs can produce anterograde amnesia, in which individuals may not remember events they experienced while under the influence of the drug, one reason why they are linked with sexual assault and considered predatory. Another major issue with these drugs is the uncertainty about their contents including sources, chemicals, and possible contaminants. This can make it difficult to determine their toxicity and possible side effects.

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