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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Alcohol Most Common Date Rape Drug

Alcohol is legal and socially acceptable in the United States. Because of this most women do not view alcohol as a “date rape” drug. When people think of date rape, the first thing that comes to mind is drugs, usually roofies. While drugs referred to as roofies are used in sexual assault cases, the drug most commonly used is alcohol. In fact, alcohol is the substance associated with most sexual assault, despite widespread publicity about roofies, liquid ecstasy and Special K, according to law enforcement officials.

“Quite honestly, alcohol is the No. 1 date rape drug,” said Mike Lyttle, regional supervisor for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Nashville crime lab. “Roofies are very rarely, if ever, seen in real life.”

Most cases of date rape go unreported, so the exact numbers are not known regarding how many sexual assaults are tied to date rape drugs, according to USA Today. In most cases where rape is reported, by the time blood or urine samples are taken, any drugs that may have been ingested have already left the system.

“We really don’t know for sure what the actual numbers are,” said Dr. Susan R.B. Weiss, Associate Director for Scientific Affairs for the National Institute on Drug Abuse. But, she added, “Drugs that are sedating drugs or incapacitating drugs probably are not that common in sexual assault. We really don’t know the true prevalence, but we know for sure alcohol is much more common than other drugs.”

Women should consider any mind altering substance as having the potential to allow someone to take advantage of them. Not letting your drink leave your sight may not be enough, the thing you think you have protected throughout the night, may be the thing that leads to someone taking advantage of you.

“There are date rape drugs in circulation, and innocent women have been raped due solely to a date rape drug or a date rape drug and alcohol,” said Dr. Corey Slovis, Chair of Emergency Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. “However, the majority, it appears, of rapes that occur with non-consenting women occur because they have been either intoxicated more than they believe or they have been given higher quantities of alcohol than they thought they had been given.”
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