Alcohol is the most likely substance to be administered in sexual assault situations. However, there are other drugs that have been used to overpower victims, which are known as date rape drugs.

Rohypnol, aka “Roofies”

Other names: R-2, La Roche, Rope, Forget-me Pill, Mexican Valium
Effects can be felt within 20 to 30 minutes. Rohypnol is odorless & colorless and is found in pill form.
Signs and Symptoms: Disorientation, nausea, short– term memory loss, extreme intoxification.

GHB-Gamma Hydroxybutyrate

Other names: Liquid X, Liquid E, Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH)
Effects can be felt within 15 minutes. GHB has a salty taste & can be a clear liquid or white powder.
Signs and Symptoms: Symptoms vary depending on dosage strength, but are commonly an intensified alcohol-like buzz, memory loss, shallow breathing, vomiting, and seizures.

Ketamine

Other names: Special K, K, Vitamin K, Cat Valiums, New Ecstasy
Effects last about 1 hour. Recovery period lasts up to 2 hours. Ketamine is VERY unpredictable! It is found either as an injectable liquid, white powder, or pill.
Signs and Symptoms: Hallucinations, vomiting, disassociation, amnesia, potentially fatal respiratory problems

Here are some tips:

  • Try not to leave your drink unattended
  • Only drink from un-opened containers or from drinks you have watched being made and poured
  • Avoid group drinks like punch bowls
  • Cover your drink. It is easy to slip in a small pill even while you are holding your drink. Hold a cup with your hand over the top, or choose drinks that are contained in a bottle and keep your thumb over the nozzle
  • If you feel extremely tired or drunk for no apparent reason, you may have been drugged. Find your friends and ask them to leave with you as soon as possible. Get to a hospital and ask to be tested.