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Date Rape Drugged

What it Feels Like to be Drugged

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What it feels like later (the aftermath)...

“I was sick for 5 days and had to sleep all the time.” Krista says, “it was like the flu only worse. I threw up in the morning after and not again but I was so tired all the time after and had hot flashes. It was awful!” After a date rape drug has left your system it still can ravage your body. Most date rape drugs are completely gone within the first 72 hours of ingestion although some can stay in a while longer. GHB, a common homemade date rape drug is usually gone in 48 hours or less. But the toll the drug takes on your body lasts much longer. Because the drug knocks you out without really allowing your brain to rest it has wicked hang over effect. You will feel tired for days, you may get sick within the first 12 hours, you will have flu like symptoms like nausea and diarrhea, and you will feel exhausted. Jada who had a baby at 16 summed the exhaustion up like this, “I was 20 times more tired after being slipped the roofie than I was after giving birth!” Since the purpose of a date rape drug is raping the victim a sadly common sign that you have fallen victim to a date rape drug is vague memories of sex or physical signs that sex has happened. If you think you were raped go to a hospital and tell them that you think you were slipped a date rape drug, they can test for them if they know to look.

What you can do to protect yourself (learn from their mistakes)...

From talking with these three victims there are some things that came out as big mistakes they made. Be aware of their mistakes so you can avoid making them yourself. Here are some tips to keep yourself safer:

  • Don’t allow anyone to buy you a drink or bring you a drink, always be right beside them and never let the drink out of your sight. Preferably, take the drink directly from the bartender or server yourself.
  • Don’t leave your drink unattended even for a second.
  • Don’t turn your back on your drink while it sits on a table or bar, keep it in your hand in front of your body at all times. At the very least keep it in front of you and in your line of sight.
  • Don’t assume that because you are drinking a non-alcoholic beverage that you are safe, a potential rapist can’t tell a plain cola from one mixed with alcohol.
  • Try to drink out of bottles or cans; they are harder targets for the quick slip.
  • Unless you really, really, really, oh yeah, really trust the person and have known them for a long enough time to really get their character, don’t let a friend watch your drink for you. Even if they would never slip you a roofie, they may not watch your bevy as well as they should.
Three Date Rape Drugs

GHBVitamin K (Ketamine)Rohypnol

Mike Hardcastle
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