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date rape drugs

Understanding the date rape drugs being used and their impact.

BE SAFE – CARRY CYD®

What date rape drugs are used?

Date-rape drugs are substances that make it easier for someone to rape or sexually assault another person.

An attacker can use several kinds of drugs or medications to overpower someone else, or cause them to forget an incident.

The two most common are:

GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyric acid). GHB is a depressant, better known as ‘easy lay’, ‘Georgia home boy’, ‘liquid X’, ‘grievous bodily harm’, ‘Gib’, ‘soap’, and ‘fantasy’.

Ketamine. A drug that makes you feel detached from reality, better known as ‘Special K’, ‘vitamin K’, and ‘cat Valium’.

what do they look like?

GHB is either a liquid or powder. In both forms it has neither taste or smell.

Ketamine is a clear liquid or an off-white powder that’s often injected. You can’t smell or taste it.

date rape drug effects?

GHB can make you feel sleepy, forgetful, or weak. It can cause seizures, slows your heartbeat, slows breathing, and can induce a coma. The effects start in just 15 to 30 minutes and can last 3 to 6 hours.

Ketamine might make you hallucinate, can also cause an upset stomach, vomiting, high blood pressure, and changes in your heart rate, seizures, or a coma. The effects start within 30 minutes and lasts 1 to 2 hours.

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what to do?

What should I do if I think I have been drugged and raped?

get help

If you suspect that someone has drugged and assaulted you, call 911 or have someone you trust take you to the hospital.

The authorities will collect any evidence they can, so try not urinate or wash before you go to the hospital.

If you don’t feel able to do that right away, there are Rape Crisis charity helplines you can call for support and advice.

gIVE DETAILS

If you get to the hospital, tell the hospital staff what happened and ask for a urine test as soon as possible.

They can then look for drugs before your body flushes them out.

SEEK Support

No matter how much you drank or what drugs you took, sexual assault is never your fault.

It’s common to go through a range of emotions afterward. Talk to someone you trust or call a support service.

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