Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault
Rohypnol and GHB
There are strong indications that both “date-rape drugs” are present in San Luis Obispo County. Reports indicate that women and men have been dosed at local drinking establishments, clubs, local parties and teen events.
Protect yourself - Watch your drink!
What is Rohypnol?
Rohypnol is a potent and fast-acting sedative. The physical effects of the drug may be noticeable within twenty to thirty minutes after ingestion.
Rohypnol causes drowsiness, confusion, impaired motor skills, dizziness, inhibition, impaired judgment and reduced levels of consciousness. You may look and act like someone who is drunk. Your speech may be slurred and you may have difficulty walking. You may be completely unconscious.
It is illegal to manufacture, distribute or possess Rohypnol in this country.
What is GHB?
GHB is a powerful synthetic drug that acts as a depressant on the central nervous system. The effects of the drug can be felt by the body within fifteen minutes after ingestion.
GHB causes dizziness, nausea, vomiting, confusion, seizures, respiratory depression, intense drowsiness, unconsciousness and coma.
When either drug is combined with alcohol or other drugs, it can cause complete or partial amnesia about the events that took place after they were ingested. More information is available at www.projectGHB.org.
How does it happen?
You are at a party, a club or a social event. You are with people you know, people you think you have no reason to fear. Someone secretly drops a drug like Rohypnol or GHB into your drink. When the drug dissolves, it is colorless and odorless. It may also be tasteless (GHB can be salty tasting).
As you consume the drink, the drug takes effect! You're now in a weakened, helpless or unconscious state. You're so incapacitated that you can't escape or resist a rapist, or even call out for help. You're sexually assaulted. When this drug wears off, you may not remember what happened or who participated because the drug often causes amnesia. When combined with alcohol or other drugs the mixture can be lethal.
Signs of being drugged
If you feel a lot more intoxicated than your usual response to the amount of alcohol you consumed... If you wake up abnormally hung over with memory lapse and can't account for a period of time after... If you remember taking a drink but cannot recall what happened for a period of time after... If you feel as though someone had sex with you but you can't remember any or all of the incident...
What to do if you are drugged or think you were drugged.
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