Date Rape Drugs Essay

916 Words Apr 22nd, 2002 4 Pages
"Date Rape Drugs"

Alcohol has been the "date rape drug" of choice for years. Now there are some "new" drugs on the market, which are being used for date rape. These drugs are Rohypnol, and GHB, or gamma hydroxybutyrate. They're used to "spike" unsuspecting victim's drinks. This can be easily done because these drugs have no odor, color or taste when put into a drink. These drugs are being increasingly used by youth – in many cases as a date rape drug because of its ability to affect willpower. A 2mg dose of these drugs in one beer can put a person flat on their back, awakening with no memories of what happened them.
Alcohol is a depressant drug; it slows the activity of the brain and the spinal cord. Beer, ale, wine, and hard liquor
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It is also known as "roofies," "roopies," "roach," or the "forget pill." Rohypnol, especially combined with the effects of alcohol, can lead to death. Rohypnol is legally sold in Latin America and in Europe, but it is not legal in this country. The Drug Induced Rape Prevention and Punishment Act of 1996 was recently passed to increase the penalties for possession and distribution of Flunitrazepam. Some of the penalties included in this legislation include the following: A maximum sentence of 20 years for anyone who distributes a controlled substance to a person without that person's knowledge with intent to commit a crime of violence (such as rape) against that person.
GHB, also known as Liquid Ecstasy, is used in the same way as Rohypnol. GHB is in a liquid form, and has no color or taste. This makes it very easy to slip into drinks. It is made from a combination of engine degreaser and lye. GHB is popular on the dance club circuit because in small doses it can heighten your mood. But, in larger quantities, it can knock you out very quickly and can even lead to death.
There are some ways to protect yourself from the possible harm of these drugs. Don't go to parties alone or to parties where you don't know anyone. Watch your drink at all times and don't leave it unattended. Don't accept a drink from anyone you don't know and also be aware of your surroundings. Always use the "buddy system" and never leave your friends behind. If

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