Drugs like GHB and Rohypnol are among some of the popular drugs many teens and young adults use recreationally because they produce intoxicating hypnotic effects, these drugs are not only illegal to use, they're also extremely dangerous. GHB and Rohypnol are among various club drugs young people use when attending concerts, parties, bars and nightclubs to enhance their social enjoyment.
Some people also abuse drugs like GHB and Rohypnol to heighten the effects of other drugs they're using as well.
How are GHB and Rohypnol Abused?
GHB can be illegally obtained in liquid or powder form which is most often orally ingested by the user. Rohypnol, also illegally obtained comes in pill form that's either taken orally or crushed up and snorted. Because of the sedating effects GHB and Rohypnol produce, they're not just used recreationally by young people or only considered 'club drugs', they're also known as predator drugs used by both men and women.
Why are GHB and Rohypnol Used as Predator Drugs?
Drugs like Rohypnol and GHB can easily be obtained in forms that are odorless, tasteless, and colorless so sexual predators can slip these drugs into a person's drink without them knowing. Even though GHB has been said to have a somewhat salty taste, once it's combined in an alcoholic drink or other flavored beverage it would unfortunately be unnoticeable. These drugs are also known as date rape drugs that are used to commit sexual assaults also referred to as drug-assisted assault, acquaintance rape and drug rape.
With GHB, high doses of the drug can result in sleep, coma or even death due to the sedative effects. The use of Rohypnol can cause immediate memory loss (amnesia) following any traumatic event, that's why these drugs are so commonly used by predators to assist in sexual assault, and drug assisted robberies.
What is GHB (Gamma-Hydoxybutyrate)
GHB is a central nervous system depressant and the effects of the drug could possibly last for around four hours, it just depends on the dose that's used. The sedating effects of GHB could cause the heart rate and breathing to slow down to a dangerous level depending on the amount that's used. The effects can start anywhere from ten to twenty minutes once a person ingests GHB so unfortunately it works relatively fast. GHB is very dangerous to use no matter what the drug is used for. A high dose of GHB can easily lead to a fatal overdose.
Street name for GHB include liquid ecstasy, grievous bodily harm, Georgia home boy and G.
What is Rohypnol
Rohypnol falls in a category of drugs called benzodiazepines and is a sedative that can cause drowsiness, dizziness, confusion, decrease in blood pressure and blurry distorted vision. Because Rohypnol can cause immediate memory loss it's often used by predators for drug assisted sexual assault, the sedative effects are heightened when the drug is combined with alcohol.
Street names for Rohypnol include forget-me pill, roofies, rophies, and roche.
Drugs like GHB and Rohypnol aren't only used by strangers in recreational settings such as bars, concerts and parties to facilitate sexual assault or robbery, sometimes women and even men are drugged by someone they already know and not always in crowded social situations. Drug assisted rape or theft can happen to anyone, anywhere and at any age, this doesn't just occur in bars or where young people socialize and hang out.
New Mexico cop under investigation due to accusations made by women. Not only can anyone be drugged and raped or sexually assaulted, perpetrators also come from all walks of life. Joe Ballesteros is under investigation because 2 women have made allegations that the recently resigned New Mexico State Police officer may have drugged and sexually took advantage of them according to a report on krqe.com. At the time of the report, the 44 year old former New Mexico State officer didn't have any charges against him for the allegations.
CIA official in Algeria under investigation for alleged rape of Muslim women. Drug assisted rape happens all over the world, newser.com reports in Algeria authorities are investigating the alleged rape of 2 Muslim women. These women were allegedly raped after they were knocked unconscious by a CIA official by using date rape drugs according to their report. These alleged attacks took place at different times, the CIA station chief was sent back to the United States a month after the two women reported the incidents.
A twenty two year old could be locked up for 40 years if found guilty of a drug induced sexual assault. A twenty two year old man from Baraboo that already had a conviction for a previous sex offense faces charges for sexual assault involving a date rape drug the Baraboo News Republic reports. Brock J. Downie allegedly drugged a twenty two year old woman and while she was unconscious had sex with her. This young man could face a prison term for as long as forty years if he's convicted of the alleged sexual assault.
New date rape drug detection products that are still in development could help to prevent date rape. Sadly we can never be too careful when it comes to accepting drinks from strangers at a bar or in any social setting and one should never let their drink left unattended for any reason.
Michael Abramson is a Boston attorney that's knows what it's like to be a victim that's been drugged. He is in the process of developing a line of products called Drink Savvy that change color when they detect date rape drugs like GHB, rohypnol and ketamine according to a myfoxny.com report. Michael Abramson's Drink Savvy products include plastic cups, straws and glasses.