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A Warning on Date Rape Drugs

Posted on April 10th, 2009 No Comments

Date rape is a major problem for both young women and men, and the consequences, both emotionally and physically, can be devastating. In the majority of date rapes that occur, the victim knew the attacker either as a boy/girlfriend, platonic friend, or acquaintance. If you have been the victim of a date rape, contact your local authorities and the Jacksonville date rape lawyers at the Law Offices of Don Guthrie, P.A. at 904-296-1088 and your civil options can be explored.

Types of Date Rape Drugs

There are three main types of drugs used to facilitate date rapes:

•    Benzodiazepines. Rohypnol, also called by its generic name, flunitrazepam or its slang name, “roofies”, is readily soluble in alcohol and the effects appear 15 to 20 minutes after ingestion, and causes amnesia in victims, making them forget events that have occurred.
•    GHB. A slightly salty tasting powder, often used recreationally, or to treat narcolepsy. It creates intoxicating effects similar to alcohol and may produce synergistic effects.
•    Alcohol. Surprisingly, alcohol is actually the most commonly used date rape drug. Because it is legal and widely available, the majority of date rape victims only test positive for alcohol in their systems rather than other illegal drugs. For this reason, utmost caution must be taken when drinking to ensure that your defenses are up and date rape does not occur.

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If you or a loved one has been the victim of date rape or sexual assault, contact the Jacksonville date rape lawyers at the Law Offices of Don Guthrie, P.A. at 904-296-1088.

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