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Information on Date Rape Drugs

For emergencies call 617 521 1111 or 911
For non-emergencies call 617 521 1112

Drugs used to facilitate rape are often odorless, colorless, tasteless and can be put into any drink-alcoholic or non-alcoholic, even water. The most common are GHB, alcohol, Ketamine, Rohypnol and Ecstacy. Side effects include: dizziness, extreme exhaustion, nausea, severe headache, disproportionate inebriation (feeling like you drank 15 alcoholic drinks instead of 2 or 3), disorientation, difficulty with or loss of body movements, loss of consciousness.

Drugs can begin to take effect within minutes and the effects can last 8 or more hours. It is possible to detect the drug up to 24 hours after ingestion through a toxicology test.

Ways to lower your risk: be aware of your environment. If you are with a partner, communicate your sexual limits in advance. Respect your partner, it's okay to ask what they plan on doing with you, how far they want to go.

 

Dating Safety Tips

  • If you are drinking, try to stay with a group of friends and make sure that someone remains sober and is looking out for everyone.
  • Leave with everyone you arrived with.
  • Do not leave drinks unattended. If you put your drink down and walk away, do not come back to it, get a new drink.
  • Never accept a drink from someone you don't know.
  • Do not drink out of a common source (punch bowl, pitcher etc) Remember that even if the victim ingested a drug knowingly, he/she is not at fault for the attack, and they did not ask to be raped.

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