Date Rape Drugs –Explained

  09-Sep-2020 12:20:00

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Date Rape Drugs – An Awareness

Drugs are widely consumed all over the world, most of them being invented for the benefit of human life. Drugs are constantly manufactured and supplied for treatment of numerous ailments, both physical and mental. But soon people started misusing these drugs, illegal manufacturing and abuse are a major problem with drugs all around the world. Among these various varieties of drugs,one of the most notorious categories of drugs is “date rape drugs”.

Date rape drugs are any type of drugs that impairs a person’s mental and physical capabilities, these are used to assist a culprit in sexual assaults. These drugs are colorless, have no taste or smell, and are very difficult to be detected. They weaken a person’s perception, cause memory loss at that particular instance, and make a person vulnerable to a heinous crime. The victim and the perpetrator can either know each other or can be even someone who you just met. These drugs are so-called by this name because they were mainly abused/encountered at Bars, Clubs, Parties, etc.


According to the Wikipedia article, it was found that rape was the 4th most common crime in India, and in the United States, it was found that date rape drugs were frequently used in sexual assaults. Moreover, an article by the Hindustan Times on Date rape drugs has clearly mentioned the harmful effects of these compounds and their associated risks. Apart from that, an article by Times of India has clearly mentioned how these drugs are a threat on occasions like Valentine’s Day. Another article also showed how these drugs were easily available to people, and this is a major concern in terms of how a criminal can misuse these drugs. News 18’s article has also warned people on how these drugs can be used to spike your drink in parties or bars and how they are being used by college students to exploit women and also to carry out robberies in trains and buses.


The most common substances used under these categories are flunitrazepam (Rohypnol) (also popular the name roofies), gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) (also popular by the name liquid ecstasy), ketamine (also called as special K), and even alcohol. These drugs come in various forms like pills, powder, and even liquid. These drugs are very strong and have adverse effects on the body. Moreover, when these drugs are consumed with alcohol, they can have more serious effects. Symptoms that can be observed are –


  • Feeling Dizzy

  • Slurred speech

  • Have trouble controlling your muscles or even moving

  • Vomiting tendency

  • Irregular heartbeat

  • Feeling sleepy

  • Confused state of mind

  • Trouble breathing

  • Passing out


Apart from these, in severe doses, it may even lead to the death of the individual. These symptoms assist the assailant in committing such a shameful act.

These drugs when mixed with drinks can change the color of the drink which otherwise was clear in appearance or even make the drink look cloudy. Also, these changes are difficult to be seen in dark-colored drinks like Coke and beer and impossible to see in places with poor visibility.


It is also very important for all girls and women of every age group to be aware of these potent drugs and to follow the required safety procedures to keep themselves safe. Few basic practices listed below can always help to be safe from such crimes.


  • Be aware of drinks that have a possibility of being spiked with drugs, for example when served by a waiter or a person you don’t know, in a glass or an open container

  • When at a party or a bar, don’t accept drinks from others, go get one yourself

  • Stop drinking if you feel the drink is sour/bitter or smelling odd, some date rape drugs can be salty or bitter, but most times they are tasteless.

  • Don’t drink more than your limit, be careful, and don’t drink if someone is insisting you to drink more.

  • If you are feeling drunk without even drinking or feeling the symptoms are stronger even you haven’t drunk much, call immediately for help.

  • The best safety is in your own hands, be aware of your surroundings, and look out for your friends and tell them to do the same.

  • The best remedy, if you doubt a place is to avoid it or don’t get drunk when you are in such places.

  • Always inform someone about where you are going and with whom and let the person keep track of you. (it can be your father, brother, or a friend who you can trust)

  • Any suspicious activity, contact the police immediately.


Many technologies have also immerged out to help individuals detect, whether their drink was spiked or not. A gadget by “Drink Safe Technologies of Tallahassee, Fla, invented a coaster that can be stored in a wallet or purse and require light, two splashes of drink and within a few minutes it can determine whether a date rape drug was present or not, but their limitation being that they were not able to detect Rohypnol.

Apart from this, smart straws and cups were invented that could help detect these drugs but the invention that got attention was a nail polish that was invented by 4 engineering students of North Carolina State University. Their nail polish was capable of detecting these drugs. For detection, the nail having this particular nail polish should be dipped in the suspected drink and if the drink is spiked then the nail polish changes color.


But in the end, we can say that the world is not a safe place anymore for anyone, people are always out there waiting to gain an advantage. So, every individual must stay aware at all times. We never know, the person we meet daily can be a criminal behind the mask or even a stranger waiting for an opportunity at places you visit. In life, we meet a lot of people, but all of them are not our friends some may try to take advantage of you, so it is better you stay confident and aware of your surroundings at all times.



By Prashant Singh