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.

Steps to Take After a Suspected Sexual Assault

Because date rape drugs make it hard to remember what happened, often the victims of date rape don’t even know what has happened until 8-12 hours after the attack. It’s key to move quickly if you have any of the following signs of date rape drugs, since they leave the body so quickly:

  • Feeling drunk or hung over when you haven’t consumed any alcoholTesting for Date Rape Drugs by ARCpoint Labs of Kansas City
  • Feeling the effects of drinking are unusually strong
  • Feeling extremely disoriented
  • Not remembering large chunks of time
  • Finding your clothing is torn or askew
  • Feeling like you may have had intercourse, but not remembering it.

Step 1: Seek Medical Care

If you think you have been sexually assaulted while under the influence of date rape drugs, call 911 right away or ask someone you trust to take you to the emergency room. It’s important that you don’t urinate, bathe, brush your teeth, wash your hands or other body parts, change clothes, or even eat or drink before you go. All of these actions could result in the loss of critical evidence in your sexual assault.

Step 2: Call the Police

When you are at the hospital, call the police and tell them what you remember. Don’t leave details out, as they could help law enforcement determine who gave you date rape drugs.

Step 3: Date Rape Drugs Testing

You also need to get tested for date rape drugs if you suspect you were sexually assaulted. Remember, these drugs leave your system quickly — GHB is gone in 12 hours, while Royphnol can be detected for 72 hours — so the sooner you are tested, the better.

Step 4: Counseling

In the wake of your sexual assault, you may want to pursue treatment for emotional trauma. Working with a sexual assault crisis counselor can help you address your feelings and also provide guidance as you move forward to press charges and continue dealing with the aftermath of your assault. If you need immediate help coping with sexual assault, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE.

Help With Date Rape Drugs in Kansas City

While no parent or young adult wants to face the reality of date rape drugs and sexual assault, it’s crucial that everyone knows the right steps to take in the event of a suspected date rape drug situation.

ARCpoint Labs of Kansas City offers testing for date rape drugs, including a quick and non-invasive urine test that can should be completed ASAP after a suspected assault. For victims who do not realize they may have been exposed to date rape drugs within this window, we also offer hair testing that can provide results 2 weeks after the suspected sexual assault. Since we complete all date rape drugs tests following AABB guidelines, our results are legally-admissible, and we can provide these to law enforcement to aid in the prosecution of your attacker.

To learn more about how we can help you if you think you were given date rape drugs, call ARCpoint Labs of Kansas City today at (816) 875-0464.

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