Students: Be Aware of Date Rape Drugs

With high school and college parties going on all over the country and headlines about sexual assaults in the news, it’s scary to image the statistics on date rape and drugs. So, before going to a party, club, concert or letting your child go, learn the facts here and know how to stay alert. Continue reading “Students: Be Aware of Date Rape Drugs” »

What to Do if You Think You’ve Been the Victim of Date Rape Drugs

Four undergraduates from the University of North Carolina recently made news for developing a new way to see if a drink has been adulterated by date rape drugs: nail polish that changes color when dipped into a tainted drink.

While many have celebrated this innovation for its potential applications, others have pointed out that like past mobile tests for date rape drugs, such as coasters, the nail polish will probably prove to be not as effective or accurate as laboratory testing. In some cases, non-lab based test for date rape drugs have been too sensitive (testing positive when exposed to cow’s milk), and in other cases, they haven’t been sensitive enough (only detecting date rape drug GHB 2/3 of the time). It remains to be seen how effective the nail polish will be at detecting date rape drugs.

Unfortunately, no matter what precautions a parent or teenager takes, sexual assault is all too common in the United States.

If you think you have been the victim of a sexual assault aided by date rape drugs — or if you know someone who does — you need to know the proper steps to take next.

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