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What are date rape drugs?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

These are drugs that are sometimes used to assist a sexual assault. They can be slipped into your drink when you are not looking. The drugs often have no color, smell, or taste, so you can't tell if you are being drugged. The drugs can make you become weak and confused — or even pass out — so that you are unable to refuse sex or defend yourself. If you are drugged, you might not remember what happened while you were drugged. The three most common date rape drugs are:

  1. Rohypnol (roh-HIP-nol). Rohypnol is the trade name for flunitrazepam (FLOO-neye-TRAZ-uh-pam). Abuse of two similar drugs appears to have replaced Rohypnol abuse in some parts of the United States. These are: clonazepam (marketed as Klonopin in the U.S.and Rivotril in Mexico) and alprazolam (marketed as Xanax). Rohypnol is also known as:
    • Circles • Forget Pill • LA Rochas • Lunch Money • Mexican Valium • Mind Erasers • Poor Man's Quaalude • R-2 • Rib • Roach • Roach-2 • Roches • Roofies • Roopies • Rope • Rophies • Ruffies • Trip-and-Fall • Whiteys
  2. GHB, which is short for gamma hydroxybutyric (GAM-muh heye-DROX-ee-BYOO-tur-ihk) acid. GHB is also known as:
    • Bedtime Scoop • Cherry Meth • Easy Lay • Energy Drink • G • Gamma 10 • Georgia Home Boy • G-Juice • Gook • Goop • Great Hormones • Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) • Liquid E • Liquid Ecstasy • Liquid X • PM • Salt Water • Soap • Somatomax • Vita-G
  3. Ketamine (KEET-uh-meen), also known as:
    • Black Hole • Bump • Cat Valium • Green • Jet • K • K-Hole • Kit Kat • Psychedelic Heroin • Purple • Special K • Super Acid

Date rape drugs can be any drug or medication that causes the person who they were given to, to become altered and confused, thus assisting the perpetrator commit sexual assult. Some of the common date rape drugs are GHB and Rohypnol (aka roofies).

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