Date Rape Drugs

It’s hard to believe, but date rape drugs are for real and are really scary. There are things every person should know that will protect them from a skeevy trick like this. Check it out:

What is the date rape drug?

Rohypnol is also known as R-2, roofies, roophies, roaches and the date rape drug.

What does it look like?

Rohypnol has no odor, color or taste. It usually comes in a pill form, but sometimes can be a powder. Because you can’t see, taste, or smell the drug, it’s very easy to be fooled by it.

What happens to people who have been slipped the date rape drug?

It makes a person feel very relaxed, confused and spaced out. It can also make a person not able to move or talk. Too much of the drug can make a person pass out or slip into a coma. Hours later after the drug has worn off, the person usually has little or no memory of what happened. Combined with alcohol this drug can be deadly.

Why do people use this drug?

People will slip the pill into a person’s drink without them knowing it just to take advantage of them sexually. The abuser will wait until the victim is too out of it to say “no” and will have sex with them.

What can I do to protect myself from this drug?

There are several things a person can do to protect themselves from the date rape drug. Here are just a few:

  1. Don’t let anyone fix you a drink. Always pour your own.
  2. Travel with a group of people and stick together at a party.
  3. Stay sober. Don’t use drugs or alcohol so you have a clear head at all times.
  4. Look out not only for you, but also for your friends. A really good idea is to not let your friends get too drunk or wasted. If they do party too hard, take them home and stay with them to make sure they are okay. Don’t let them disappear and don’t let them wander off with a member of the opposite sex.

How can I find out more about this?

Check out these Web sites:

If you or a person you know has been raped, been involved in a rape or has been abused call the Rape Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) at 1-800-656-HOPE. The RAINN Hotline offers free and confidential help that is available 24 hours a day. You can also visit their Web site at Rape Abuse and Incest National Network