Volume 92, Issue 90

Thursday, March 18, 1999


Lost Innocence: Drug assisted rape gives legal drugs a scary role

Focus facts

Focus facts

Some measures you can take...

Use the buddy system and travel with a trusted friend.

Never accept drinks of any sort from anyone except the bartender, or someone else you trust.

Never leave your drink unattended or out of sight. If you do and think it could have been tampered with, don't finish it.

If you have been, or think you may have been assaulted...

Don't shower or use the bathroom. Showering destroys evidence and any drugs which may have been in your system can generally only be detected in urine. If you have to use the bathroom, try to preserve a sample in a jar for lab tests.

If you can't remember anything, ask those you were with if they know what happened. Try to piece together the details.

Get help. Contact the police, the Sexual Assault Centre of London (438-2272), or your doctor. If you suspect you were drugged, you must be tested within 1224 hours of ingesting the drug. In London this testing is done at St Joseph's Health Centre (646-6000).

Source: Student Health Services

Flunitrazeoam (Rohypnol)

Street names: Roofies, Roachies, La Rocha, "the forget pill," Rope, Rib, Roofenol, Ruffies, Mexican Valium.

Point of origin: Mexico

Form: A white, dime-sized pill which dissolves in alcohol. It is colourless, tasteless and odourless, though the manufacturer, Hoffman-La Roche Ltd, says it has added a blue dye to the tablet, as well as changing the composition to make it dissolve more slowly.

Cost: about $5 per pill.

Medicinal uses include: as a sleeping pill for treatment of insomnia, muscle relaxant, or surgical anesthetic.

Effects: muscle relaxation, sedation, upset stomach, dry mouth, tremors, clumsiness, memory impairment or headache. Mixed in alcohol, its effect triples.

Gamma Hydrozy Butyrate (GHB)

Street names: Grievous Bodily Harm, Scoop, Saltwater, Liquid Ecstasy, Liquid X, Gamma-O, Cherry Meth, Soap, Gib, Georgia Home Boy, Natural Sleep-500, Oxy-Sleep.

Point of origin: Mexico and Europe, but can also be manufactured at home using a mix of two chemicals.

Form: powder, or mixed with water and sold in small bottles.

Cost: about $10 per bottle, with about 9 "hits" per bottle.

Medicinal uses include: anaesthetic, pain control during childbirth and treatment for certain forms of narcolepsy, alcoholism and heroin withdrawal. Usually used with other drugs to combat their side effects.

Effects: unconsciousness, strong memory impairment. Victim appears highly intoxicated and users have described the effect as a cross between acid and ecstasy, although it is not an amphetamine.

Ketamine (Ketalar)

Street names: Kit Kat, Special K, K, Ket, Vitamin K

Point of origin: Commonly available

Form: Dissolved in liquid, smoked or injected in liquid form.

Medicinal uses: Veterinary anaesthetic

Effects: appearance of seizures, amnesia, vivid/unpleasant dreams, confusion, hallucination, irrational behavior, increased blood pressure and heart rate, euphoria, nausea/vomiting/dizziness, headache, hypersalivation, dissociation, delirium, psychosis. A close relative of PCP, if injected can cause the user to lose consciousness within 30 seconds.

Source:"Sexual Assault and Drug Misuses," published by Hoffman-La Roche Ltd. and The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault and Hoffman-La Roche Ltd. and www.erowid.org/etheogens/ketamine/ketamine_faq.shtml

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