I don't do drugs. I am drugs - Salvador Dali
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One spring morning a couple of years ago, Megan* woke up from a deep sleep, lying in bed next to a man she didn't know, in an apartment she didn't recognize, wearing only a bra and a pair of jeans. She asked the stranger next to her, "Who are you? What is your name?" and then, "Did you have sex with me last night?"
"Yeah," he answered. "You were totally asking for it."
The night before, Megan, who at the time was a college student in her early 20s, had gone out with friends to a bar. She spent most of her time nursing a beer, bored by the scene around her. Her friends struck up a conversation with a group of guys who were members of one of the school's fraternities.…
How do you prove a crime occurred when there's no evidence and the victim has no memory? Whether in the national spotlight like the Bill Cosby allegations or in the shadows of a college campus, date-rape-drug perpetrators are painfully difficult to prosecute. Here, a deep dive into why.
DanceSafe has two fundamental operating principles: harm reduction and peer-based, popular education. Combining these two principles has enabled us to create successful, peer-based educational programs to reduce drug misuse and empower young people to make healthy, informed lifestyle choices. We are known for bringing adulterant screening (a.k.a., “pill testing,” “drug checking”) to the rave and nightlife community in the U.S., and for distributing unbiased educational literature describing the effects and risks associated with the use of various drugs.
We at DrinkSavvy hold the crazy belief that your evenings should be spent having fun. That's why we are developing trendy new DrinkSavvy cups, glasses, and straws/stirrers that look and function normally, except they will immediately change color to warn you when someone slips a date rape drug into your drink.
This is a touchy subject, I know. Largely because everybody seems to think that at some point they have been given an adulterated drug.
These 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.
Club drugs have become more common in recent years. Sometimes people use them to commit sexual assaults. Club drugs can cause serious health problems and sometimes death. They are even more dangerous if you use them with alcohol.
Club drugs have varying effects. Ketamine distorts perception and produces feelings of detachment from the environment and self, while GHB and rohypnol are sedating. GHB abuse can cause coma and seizures. High doses of ketamine can cause delirium and amnesia. Rohypnol® can incapacitate users and cause amnesia, and especially when mixed with alcohol, can be lethal.
Date rape drugs are any type of drug used to make rape or sexual assault easier. Alcohol is often used this way. Or date rape drugs can be put into a drink without you knowing.
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