date rape drug

Date Rape Drug - Substance AbuseThe date rape drug, also known as Rohypnol, is used by sexual predators in non-consensual sexual acts. This is an interesting twist on the usual meaning of “substance abuse,” as in this case the so-called drug abuser is an unwitting victim, rather than someone who elects to use the substance in question by choice.

Such sexual assaulters slip the offending drug into their targeted victim’s drink when she isn’t looking. Since the drug is colorless and odorless, the victim won’t know that she has been drugged, and when the substance begins to work, will feel disoriented, confused and weak. Women are left defenseless and they aren’t able to recall what happened to them, which is why this is the drug of choice for sexual assaulters’ substance abuse.

Date Rape Drug Rohypnol

Rohypnol is the brand for benzodiazepine. This extremely powerful tranquilizer works almost like Valium or Diazepam, but is much stronger. It causes sedation, muscle relaxation and short-term amnesia. The sedation effect kicks in about 20-30 minutes after the drug is ingested and can last for several hours. This is more than enough time to take the victim to another location and for a sexual assault to occur.

This drug is also known by various street names, Continue Reading