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Date Rape Drugs: How can I protect myself from being a victim?

03/17/2013

Date rape drugs are powerful and dangerous. They can be 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.

How can you prevent being a victim?

● Don't accept drinks from other people.

● Open containers yourself.

● Keep your drink with you at all times, even

when you go to the bathroom.

● Don't share drinks.

● Don't drink from punch bowls or other large,

common, open containers. They may already have

drugs in them.

● Don't drink anything that tastes or smells strange.

Sometimes, GHB tastes salty.

● Have a non-drinking friend with you to make sure

nothing happens.

● If you realize you left your drink unattended,

pour it out.

● If you feel drunk and you haven't drunk any alcohol (or, if you feel like the effects of drinking alcohol are stronger than usual), get help right away.

For more information on date rape drugs, visit

the National Women's Health Information

Center website at womenshealth.gov or

call the center at 1-800-994-9662.

Source: The National Women's Health

Information Center, a project of the

U.S. Department of Health and

Human Services, Office of

Women's Health

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