Predatory Drugs

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What is a Predatory drug?

A predatory drug is ANY substance used to facilitate sexual assault. These drugs are often undetected as they are odorless and colorless when mixed with water. They tend to have a salty taste, but when mixed with alcohol, soda, or other beverages, they are virtually undetectable.

TYPES OF PREDATORY DRUGS

  • Alcohol 
    • Although society has not labeled alcohol as a date rape drug, it is a contributing factor in over half of all sexual assaults against persons older than 12.
  • Rohypnol (Roofies)
    • Illegal in the U.S. but is still produced in Mexico, South America, Europe and Asia.
    • Effects can occurs 20-30 minutes after ingestion, lasting approximately 8-12 hours; it can be detected in the body up to 72 hours after ingestion.
  • GHB (Liquid X)
    • Illegal central nervous system depressant.
    • Effects can occur within 10-20 minutes of ingestion and last up to 4 hours.
  • Ecstacy
    • Illegal drug with both stimulant and hallucinogenic effects.
    • Effects can last anywhere from 3-6 hours, and leaves the body in 12 hours.
  • Ketamine (Special K)
    • A dissociative anesthetic for human and veterinary use.
    • Usually found as a clear liquid in a pharmeceutical bottle and is most often cooked into a white powder.

EFFECTS

  • Metabolize quickly leaving little physical evidence of the drug
  • Person can experience blackout or anterograde amnesia
  • Can't recall what happened to them
  • While unconscious victims can be sexually assaulted
  • Victims have little to no memory when they wake up

*Effects are intensified when combined with alcohol making them more dangerous and powerful.

Sources: www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov; www.streetdrugs.org; NIDA Community Drug Alert Bulletin on Club Drugs, www.nida.nih.gov; Drug Enforcement Administartion, www.rainn.org; www.joyfulheartfoundation.org; www.womenshealth.gov.