Is GHB a Date Rape Drug?

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Created On: Monday, 21, October 2019
Modified On: Thursday, 07, November 2019

GHB is a powerful central nervous system depressant that is a commonly used date rape drug because of the intoxicating and depressive effects it creates. GHB is sold as a powder or a liquid, which can be easily mixed into a beverage, whether it is alcohol or not. The effects are felt within 15 to 20 minutes after the drug is ingested. Depending on the amount of GHB that has been ingested, the effects can last three to six hours. This type of drug is used by an assailant to make a sexual assault or rape easier to accomplish. The victim becomes compliant and less able to say no, and they are unable to resist or fight back. The victim will either be semi-conscious, or fully unconscious. It weakens the victim's inhibitions and makes it easier for them to consent to sexual activity, where they would otherwise decline. GHB slows down the activity within the brain and central nervous system. It causes the person to feel groggy, sleepy, and confused. A small amount of GHB will cause nausea and vomiting, and at a higher dose, the person will pass out, and potentially slip into a coma. The drug is a colorless and odorless liquid but does have a salty aftertaste, but this will be too late after you have ingested it.

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The effects you feel will include feeling drowsy, dizzy, vision problems, increased sensuality, memory loss, and potentially blackout. Protecting yourself from this is important, especially at large social gatherings where you do not know a lot of people. This can be done by not taking drinks from other people you do not know, and watching your drink being poured and mixed at the bar. If you need to go to the bathroom, take your drink with you and do not drink anything that looks or smells bad. If you feel drunk or intoxicated after only one drink or a small amount of alcohol, seek help right away. According to the Office of Women's Health (OWH), the most common date rape drugs are GHB, ketamine, and Rohypnol. If you feel you have been the victim of a sexual assault due to being drugged, it is essential you reach out for help. Seek out medical attention, and testing can be done to determine if you have GHB in your system and if a sexual assault took place.