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Date Rape Drugs

The most common date rape drug is ALCOHOL.

Alcohol is easily accessible, legal to buy and most people drink it voluntarily.  This makes it an easy drug to use as a date rape drug.

There are other street drugs that are used - cocaine, benzodiazepines, rohypnol, ecstacy and GHB to name a few. 

Testing to determine if date rape drugs were used is not always accurate.  Some drugs leave the body after a short period of time so it is important that you come to the hospital as soon as possible after the assault. 

How will you know if you have been drugged?

  • You may feel more drunk than you should for how much alcohol you've had to drink
  • You may feel as though someone has had sex with you, but you don't remember anything
  • You may wake up feeling more hung over than usual, light-headed, confused or fussy 
  • You may not remember a period of time or events that may have occured

If you suspect you have been drugged there are several things you can do: 

  • Go to the emergency department as soon as possible as date rape drugs disappear from the body very quickly
  • Contact a friend or family member to assist you with getting help
  • Bring any clothing you were wearing during the assault and any item that may have DNA on it
  • Try not to shower or bath or brush your teethIf possible try not to urinate before coming to the hospital - a urine sample can be collected once you arrive in the Emerg Dept
  • If the glass or bottle you were drinking from is available bring it to the hospital
  • If you vomitted in a container you can bring it to the hospital 

If you believe you were drugged prior to the assault, we believe you were drugged too.