What you need to know about date rape drugs

Image: http://blogs.plos.org/speakeasyscience/2011/11/11/bedtime-scoop-and-easy-lay/
Image: http://blogs.plos.org/speakeasyscience/2011/11/11/bedtime-scoop-and-easy-lay/

An article published earlier this year by Snopes.com discusses the reported recent development that college students have developed a nail polish “Undercover Colours” which can detect the presence of date rape drugs.

The article however states “Undercover Colors hasn’t demonstrated they have anything more tangible than a concept at this point… some critics have maintained that the concept of such drug-detecting fingernail polish isn’t even a feasible one.”

Each year thousands of young women and men fall victim to drink spiking involving both alcohol and drugs being added to their drink without them knowing. And in many cases they are used before the act of sexual assault.

Drug detecting nail polish or not, it is important for all young people to be aware of this issue and know that no matter what the situation is, drink spiking is illegal.

What are they?

Drugs used in drink spiking are referred to as “date rape drugs” with alcohol being the most commonly abused. Others include gamma-hydroxbutyrate, ketamine, and tranquilisers such as valium and rohypnol. These can come in powder, liquid or tablet form and do not always have a recognisable taste or smell so therefore commonly go unnoticed.

How can you tell if your drink has been spiked?

Most drug effects take up to 15-30 minutes to show and these symptoms may last for several hours. Symptoms generally include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Memory loss
  • Blackouts
  • Lack of concentration
  • Loss of balance
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Nausea
  • Lowered inhibitions

How to avoid drink spiking?

  • Never leave your drink unattended
  • Don’t accept a drink from someone you don’t know
  • Stick to bottled drinks and avoid punch bowls
  • If you think your drink may have been touched do not drink it

If you ever start feeling strange or suddenly more drunk than you should be you should always get help immediately whether it be telling someone who is with you or getting to your local hiospital or emergency unit.

Read more about Undercover Colors and date rape drugs at http://www.snopes.com/2015/06/05/undercover-colors/

-CD

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2 thoughts on “What you need to know about date rape drugs

  1. I have actually a few friends who have experienced what its like to have their drink spiked – fortunately, I haven’t. This is a really good blog post on rape drugs, I don’t think this gets enough attention on social media. I work in hospo and have had to help a couple of girls in the past who have literally passed out flat after one drink. Have a look at my blog to learn more about cocaine addiction in Sydney and how it relates to our nightlife https://www.facebook.com/Grey-Snow-900828453330567/ and https://greysnowblog.wordpress.com/

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