Assault and Drugs
Alcohol and drug abuse can quickly turn a friendly get-together into a high-risk situation for sexual assault, rape, and/or physical injury. These substances compromise your judgement and the judgement of others.
It is becoming increasingly common for drugs to be used to facilitate sexual assaults. The four most commonly used drugs are Rohypnol, GHB, Ketamine, and Ecstasy. Please view our PowerPoint Presentation on Rape Drugs for further information.
Rohypnol is not prescribed in the United States; however, it is prescribed in approximately 60 other countries. Rohypnol is illegal to possess in the United States. Most commonly found in tablet form, Rohypnol is almost always slipped into a drink. The effects may be noticeable within 30 minutes of ingestion.
GHB is illegal to possess in the United States. A person can feel the effects of the drug within 15 minutes of ingestion.
How can you protect yourself and your friends?
Do not drink beverages that you did not open.
Do not leave your drink unattended.
Do not share or exchange drinks with anyone.
Be alert to the behavior of friends; anyone appearing disproportionately drunk in relation to the amount of alcohol consumed may be in danger.
Anyone who may have consumed a sedative-like substance should be given immediate medical attention.