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How to protect your business from perpetrators:

  • add a surveillance system that overlooks drink pours

  • do detailed background checks of the bar staff and where they've worked previously including any date rape drug activity

  • have security guards trained on identifying perpetrators and victims of date rape drug activities

  • have an action plan that protects your employees and guests

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Call Sex Abuse Treatment Center (Kapiolani Medical Center) 808-524-7273 to learn more about what to do next. OR sign up for a session with me and let's work on your next steps together.

What is a date rape drug? 

These are drugs that are often slipped into someone’s beverage to take advantage of that person. It has been used often in for sexual assault hence the name. Sexual assault is any type of sexual activity that a person does not agree to. It can include touching; putting something into the genital area; rape; and attempted rape.

Date rape drugs are powerful and dangerous. They can be slipped into your drink when you are not looking. The drugs often have no color, smell, or taste, so you can't tell if you are being drugged. The drugs can make you become weak and confused — or even pass out — so that you cannot consent to sex. If you are drugged, you might not remember what happened while you were drugged. Date rape drugs may be used on both females and males.

What are the side effects & How long do they last?

They can affect you very quickly and without your knowing. The length of time that the effects last varies. It depends on how much of the drug is taken and if the drug is mixed with other drugs or alcohol. Alcohol makes the drugs even stronger and can cause serious health problems — even death. Review three types of date rape drugs to learn about its variation.


The effects of Rohypnol can be felt within 30 minutes of being drugged and can last for several hours. If you are drugged, you might look and act like someone who is drunk. You might have trouble standing. Your speech might be slurred. Or you might pass out. Rohypnol can cause these problems:

  • Muscle relaxation or loss of muscle control

  • Difficulty with motor movements

  • Drunk feeling

  • Problems talking

  • Nausea

  • Can't remember what happened while drugged

  • Loss of consciousness

  • Confusion

  • Problems seeing

  • Dizziness

  • Sleepiness

  • Lower blood pressure

  • Stomach problems

  • Death


GHB takes effect in about 15 minutes and can last 3 or 4 hours. It is very potent: A very small amount can have a big effect. So it's easy to overdose on GHB. Most GHB is made by people in home or street "labs." So, you don't know what's in it or how it will affect you. GHB can cause these problems:

  • Relaxation

  • Drowsiness

  • Dizziness

  • Nausea

  • Problems seeing

  • Loss of consciousness

  • Seizures

  • Can't remember what happened while drugged

  • Problems breathing

  • Tremors

  • Sweating

  • Vomiting

  • Slow heart rate

  • Dream-like feeling

  • Coma

  • Death


Ketamine is very fast-acting. You might be aware of what is happening to you, but unable to move. It also causes memory problems. Later, you might not be able to remember what happened while you were drugged. Ketamine can cause these problems:

  • Distorted perceptions of sight and sound

  • Lost sense of time and identity

  • Out of body experiences

  • Dream-like feeling

  • Feeling out of control

  • Impaired motor function

  • Problems breathing

  • Convulsions

  • Vomiting

  • Memory problems

  • Numbness

  • Loss of coordination

  • Aggressive or violent behavior

  • Depression

  • High blood pressure

  • Slurred speech

Are there ways to tell if i've been raped or drugged?

It is often hard to tell. Most victims don't remember being drugged or assaulted. The victim might not be aware of the attack until 8 or 12 hours after it occurred. These drugs also leave the body very quickly. Once a victim gets help, there might be no proof that drugs were involved in the attack. But there are some signs that you might have been drugged:

  • You feel drunk and haven't drunk any alcohol — or, you feel like the effects of drinking alcohol are stronger than usual.

  • You wake up feeling very hung over and disoriented or having no memory of a period of time.

  • You remember having a drink, but cannot recall anything after that.

  • You find that your clothes are torn or not on right.

  • You feel like you had sex, but you cannot remember it.

What do you do if you think you have been drugged?

  • Get medical care right away. Call 911 or have a trusted friend take you to a hospital emergency room. Don't urinate, douche, bathe, brush your teeth, wash your hands, change clothes, or eat or drink before you go. These things may give evidence of the rape. The hospital will use a "rape kit" to collect evidence.

  • Call the police from the hospital. Tell the police exactly what you remember. Be honest about all your activities. Remember, nothing you did — including drinking alcohol or doing drugs — can justify rape.

  • Ask the hospital to take a urine (pee) sample that can be used to test for date rape drugs. The drugs leave your system quickly. Rohypnol stays in the body for several hours, and can be detected in the urine up to 72 hours after taking it. GHB leaves the body in 12 hours. Don't urinate before going to the hospital.

  • Don't pick up or clean up where you think the assault might have occurred. There could be evidence left behind — such as on a drinking glass or bed sheets.

  • Get counseling and treatment. Feelings of shame, guilt, fear, and shock are normal. A counselor can help you work through these emotions and begin the healing process. Calling a crisis center or a hotline is a good place to start. One national hotline is the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE.

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How can i protect myself from being a victim?

  • Cover your drink with your hand while holding it.

  • Keep an eye on your drink at all times.

  • Don't accept drinks from other people.

  • Open containers yourself.

  • Keep your drink with you at all times, even when you go to the bathroom.

  • Don't share drinks.

  • Don't drink from punch bowls or other common, open containers. They may already have drugs in them.

  • If someone offers to get you a drink from a bar or at a party, go with the person to order your drink. Watch the drink being poured and carry it yourself.

  • Don't drink anything that tastes or smells strange. Sometimes, GHB tastes salty.

  • Have a non-drinking friend with you to make sure nothing happens.

  • If you realize you left your drink unattended, pour it out.

  • If you feel drunk and haven't drunk any alcohol — or, if you feel like the effects of drinking alcohol are stronger than usual — get help right away.

The three most common date rape drugs are:

  • Rohypnol (roh-HIP-nol). Rohypnol is the trade name for flunitrazepam (FLOO-neye-TRAZ-uh-pam). Abuse of two similar drugs appears to have replaced Rohypnol abuse in some parts of the United States. These are: clonazepam (marketed as Klonopin in the U.S.and Rivotril in Mexico) and alprazolam (marketed as Xanax). Rohypnol is also known as:

    • Circles

    • Forget Pill

    • LA Rochas

    • Lunch Money

    • Mexican Valium

    • Mind Erasers

    • Poor Man's Quaalude

    • R-2

    • Rib

    • Roach

    • Roach-2

    • Roches

    • Roofies

    • Roopies

    • Rope

    • Rophies

    • Ruffies

    • Trip-and-Fall

    • Whiteys

  • GHB, which is short for gamma hydroxybutyric (GAM-muh heye-DROX-ee-BYOO-tur-ihk) acid. GHB is also known as:

    • Bedtime Scoop

    • Cherry Meth

    • Easy Lay

    • Energy Drink

    • G

    • Gamma 10

    • Georgia Home Boy

    • G-Juice

    • Gook

    • Goop

    • Great Hormones

    • Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH)

    • Liquid E

    • Liquid Ecstasy

    • Liquid X

    • PM

    • Salt Water

    • Soap

    • Somatomax

    • Vita-G

  • Ketamine (KEET-uh-meen), also known as:

    • Black Hole

    • Bump

    • Cat Valium

    • Green

    • Jet

    • K

    • K-Hole

    • Kit Kat

    • Psychedelic Heroin

    • Purple

    • Special K

    • Super Acid