How to Avoid Date Rape Drugs

BY Beth Williams

Date Rape Drugs

Whenever you travel, especially alone, you need to be concerned how to avoid date rape drugs – and having them slipped into your drink.  Obviously this is an issue that impacts women more than men, but men have fallen victim to these drugs too, and many report that the amount of these cases against men has been growing in the last ten years.

Never turn your back to your drinkThe term “date rape” is widely used. But most experts prefer the term “drug-facilitated sexual assault.” These drugs also are used to help people commit other crimes, like robbery and physical assault, and they have been reported to have been used against many lone travelers. The term “date rape” also can be misleading because the person who commits the crime might not be dating the victim. Rather, it could be an acquaintance or stranger. It is also important to know that these drugs are used on both men and women.

These drugs are powerful and dangerous and are usually slipped into your drink when you are not looking. The drugs often have no color, smell, or taste, so you can’t tell if you are being drugged. The drugs can make you become weak and confused — or even pass out — so that you are unable to refuse sex or defend yourself. If you are drugged, you might not remember what happened while you were drugged. Date rape drugs are used on both females and males.

Tips to Avoid Falling Victim to Date Rape Drugs

  • Don’t leave your drinks unattended. Always hold your drink, do not leave it on the bar out of sigh, even just having  your back turned to it. It only takes a second for someone to alter your drink while your attention is briefly diverted.
  • If you must leave for the restroom or dance floor, have a trusted travel companion hold your drink or just buy a new drink when you return. You peace of mind and health is worth the price of a drink.
  • Watch as your drinks are being served.
  • If you feel ill or light-headed, telephone for a taxi  immediately to take you home straight away.
  • Know where the bar manager or bouncer is in case you need assistance. Tell them what suspect.
  • Remember that in any situation, alcohol or drugs will impair your ability to be in control.

Travel with Date Rape Drug Identification Products

There are several products on the market that can you tell if your drink was spiked with a date rape drug.  Items such as drink coaster, swizzle sticks, drops, and other related products are on the market now. It may be worth it to travel with them.  The following is a new device currently being tested.  This is a unique device and also interacts with your smartphone to let you know of locations where drug spiked drinks have been found.

The Three Most Common Date Rape Drugs Are:

Rohypnol (roh-HIP-nol). Rohypnol is the trade name for flunitrazepam (FLOO-neye-TRAZ-uh-pam). Abuse of two similar drugs appears to have replaced Rohypnol abuse in some parts of the United States. These are: clonazepam (marketed as Klonopin in the U.S.and Rivotril in Mexico) and alprazolam (marketed as Xanax). Rohypnol is also known as:

  • Circles
  • Forget Pill
  • LA Rochas
  • Lunch Money
  • Mexican Valium
  • Mind Erasers
  • Poor Man’s Quaalude
  • R-2
  • Rib
  • Roach
  • Roach-2
  • Roches
  • Roofies
  • Roopies
  • Rope
  • Rophies
  • Ruffies
  • Trip-and-Fall
  • Whiteys

GHB, which is short for gamma hydroxybutyric (GAM-muh heye-DROX-ee-BYOO-tur-ihk) acid. GHB is also known as:

  • Bedtime Scoop
  • Cherry Meth
  • Easy Lay
  • Energy Drink
  • G
  • Gamma 10
  • Georgia Home Boy
  • G-Juice
  • Gook
  • Goop
  • Great Hormones
  • Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH)
  • Liquid E
  • Liquid Ecstasy
  • Liquid X
  • PM
  • Salt Water
  • Soap
  • Somatomax
  • Vita-G

Ketamine (KEET-uh-meen), also known as:

  • Black Hole
  • Bump
  • Cat Valium
  • Green
  • Jet
  • K
  • K-Hole
  • Kit Kat
  • Psychedelic Heroin
  • Purple
  • Special K
  • Super Acid