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What should I tell my teen about date rape drugs?

Michele Borba
Psychology
Chances are your teen heard the story, but may not have the facts straight. In any case, be your teen’s filter and give him the right information. A few pointers:  Rohypohol (or “Roofies”) is the most common date rape drug. Others drugs include Roofies, Rophies, and Lunch Money and GHB (Grievous Bodily Harm, Liquid Ecstasy, Energy Drink, etc.) Roofies are easy to get, inexpensive (under $5.00), look harmless like an aspirin, and are easy for someone to put it into a drink (called “drink spiking”). The drug also dissolves quickly, is tasteless and odorless. The newer version contains a blue dye so if it is in your drink it will fizzle a bit, and float on top and turn blue. You might go online with your teen and find any article on date rape drugs. You’ll also find photos of different date rape drugs to show your teen so he can see what they look like (and your credibility just may go up a bit).

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