Date Rape Drug

Topics: Flunitrazepam, Rape, Date rape drug Pages: 4 (1121 words) Published: February 22, 2009
Date rape drug
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Date rape drug refers to any drug that can be used to assist in the commission of a sexual assault (date rape). The term originated in journalism and has no strict scientific or legal definition, because a wide variety of drugs can be used to incapacitate a person, and all of them have sometimes been taken willingly by people in other situations. Drugs used to facilitate rape may have sedative, hypnotic, dissociative, and/or amnesiac effects, and may be added to a food or drink without the victim's knowledge. One study of 75 patients, mostly women, who told doctors their drinks had been tampered with in pubs or clubs, suggested that in fact the patients had been rendered helpless by binge drinking.[1]

|Contents |
| [hide] |
|1 Types of drugs |
|1.1 Alcohol |
|1.2 Benzodiazepines |
|1.3 GHB/GBL/1,4 BDO |
|1.4 Other drugs |
|2 Dangers |
|3 See also |
|4 References |
|5 External links |

[edit]Types of drugs

Two drugs often referred to as date-rape drugs are GHB, also known as gamma-hydroxybutyric acid, and benzodiazepines (such as flunitrazepam, also known as Rohypnol or "roofies"); however, an American study showed that alcohol still remains the drug most frequently implicated in substance-assisted sexual assault.[2]

[edit]Alcohol
Alcohol remains the most commonly used date rape drug because it is legal and readily available[3]. Many assailants use alcohol because their victims often willingly imbibe it, and can be encouraged to drink enough to lose inhibitions or consciousness. Even if the victim agrees to sex, the act may be considered rape if the...
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