Drug Information – Date Rape Drugs
GHB is chemically similar to a substance that is found in every cell of the human body. Some users claim that this means it’s safe, but they are wrong. GHB is a depressant, so it slows the brain and body. Using any depressant without a doctor’s supervision is hazardous. In the past, doctors have used GHB to treat various conditions, including childbirth problems and anxiety. Some weightlifters claim it builds muscle, but no scientific studies have proven that. GHB was outlawed in 1990 because of the ease of overdose and addiction.
Effects of GHB
In small doses, GHB produces a mild sedative effect, slowed heart and breathing rates, inability to think quickly or logically, and physical weakness. Repeated use can lead to addiction and tough withdrawal. If someone takes a bit too much at once GHB can produce seizures, coma, or death.
GHB Names and Forms
GHB’s street names include G, Liquid Ecstasy, Georgia Home Boy, Grievous Bodily Harm, Gamma G, Growth Hormone Booster, and many others. GHB is usually found in liquid, which users sip from bottle caps. The drug is clear and odorless and tastes like salt water, but when mixed with a sweet or strong-flavored drink, its taste is mostly covered up.
Rohypnol is the brand name of flunitrazepam, a surgical anesthetic used legally by doctors around the world. It is about 10 times more potent than most common sleeping pills. Rohypnol is illegal in the U.S. and Canada.
Effects of Rohypnol
Rohypnol causes muscle relaxation, unconsciousness, and amnesia. Abusers who take small amounts feel hypnotized. Rohypnol can be addictive, and people in withdrawal often suffer seizures. Rohypnol is incredibly dangerous especially if taken with other sedatives like alcohol.
Rohypnol Names and Forms
Rohypnol tablets may be called roofies, roach, roofenol, roche, roll and fall, or the forget me pill. The pills are usually round, white, and labeled “roche,” with a circled number “1” or “2”. Sometimes the pills are ground into powder. Rohypnol dissolves quickly in liquid. It has a bitter taste when mixed in a drink, but its taste can be mostly covered.
Ketamine was developed in the 1960s as an anesthetic for surgeries. It is closely related to PCP. Both are called “dissociatives,” which means that they cause splitting from reality. Ketamine is legal for use by veterinarians.
Effects of Ketamine
Ketamine causes unconsciousness, hallucinations, loss of body control, and numbing. It can also cause agitation, confusion, and difficulty communicating. Overdose can be fatal.
Ketamine Names and Forms
Some of Ketamine’s street names are Special K, Vitamin K, Ketaject, and Cat Tranquilizers. Ketamine is found I a white powder or a liquid in small pharmaceutical bottles. It has a horrible, strong, bitter flavor. It works super quickly, so if you tasted it by surprise in your drink, you would have only seconds to protect yourself before losing consciousness.
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