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Drugs are inherently dangerous for a multitude of reasons. One danger typically overlooked is the ability of many drugs to make someone susceptible to sexual assault or rape without their knowledge or consent. To make matters worse, some of these drugs are popular recreational substances that many are willing to take.

These drugs are given the blanket term ‘date rape drugs’, and knowledge of them is crucial to protecting yourself or a loved one.

Benzodiazepines (Xanax, Ativan, Valium, Klonopin, etc)

Benzodiazepine drugs are prescribed for anxiety disorders and account for a large number of prescriptions every year, meaning ready availability. These drugs are abused for their alcohol-like side effects. Most importantly, in large doses they cause blackouts, which make them highly dangerous as date rape drugs.

GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyrate)

GHB is a central nervous system depressant that is sometimes used recreationally for its euphoric effects and ability to lower inhibitions. The drug is commonly used as a date rate drug due to its odorless smell and salty taste that is extremely hard to detect when spiked in a drink. GHB is one of the most commonly used date rape drugs.

Ambien (Zolpidem)

Ambien is a prescription medication commonly prescribed to induce sleep. Even at therapeutic doses, Ambien can cause someone to lose consciousness. This effect coupled with the relative availability of Ambien has caused it to become a popular and dangerous date rape drug.

Rohypnol (aka roofie)

Rohypnol is a sedative used medically to treat insomnia and in anesthesia. Its ability to cause someone to pass out and to cause amnesia has made it notoriously popular as a date rape drug. Since gaining this reputation, the drug is only rarely prescribed medically anymore.

Alcohol

It is important to remember, alcohol still is the most common date rape drug reported. This is particularly popular due to the potential victim often being voluntarily willing to drink it, and its well-established ability to lower inhibitions and cause memory loss.

Final Note

This article is intended for those considering a new way of life, free of the pain of drug and alcohol addiction. For more information on recovery and anyone seeking help with addiction and substance abuse problems, please call True Recovery at (844) 744-8783.