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Doctor insights on: Is Alcohol Considered A Date Rape Drug What About Other Drugs

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg Dr. Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine
45 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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Is alcohol considered a date rape drug? What about other drugs?

Is alcohol considered a date rape drug? What about other drugs?

Yes: Alcohol is the oldest date rape drug known to humankind. Women who drink to the point of blackout or are disinhibited and exhibit poor judgement are far more likely to be sexually assaulted. Adding a benzodiazepine to it (xanax, ativan, (lorazepam) sleeping pills) makes it more likely to cause blackout. Some drugs, like GHB and Rohypnol (flunitrazepam) are very rapidly absorbed and widely used for date rape. ...Read more

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Sexual Assault (Definition)

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Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Is alcohol a date rape drug?

Is alcohol a date rape drug?

Well . . .: Alcohol is technically not referred to as the "date rape drug" -- that would more often be things like rohypnol, xanax, (alprazolam) clonazepam, ghb, and ketamine. But if you're intoxicated enough with alcohol, all kinds of things could happen that you'd prefer not to experience. ...Read more

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Dr. Marc Zimmermann Dr. Zimmermann
Psychiatry
18 years in practice
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
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Help pls, i had alcohol last night when i woke up i dont remember what happened. Could i been raped, without me knowing? No pain In my privates though

Help pls, i had alcohol last night when i woke up i dont remember what happened. Could i been raped, without me knowing? No pain In my privates though

Maybe: You do not say how much you drank or if this has ever happened to you before. If you had an alcoholic blackout anything could have happened. I suggest you contact your OB/GYN and get examined. After this contact someone who can help you assess your drinking behavior. ...Read more

Dr. Matthew Davis Dr. Davis
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
15 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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Can you tell me what date rape drugs are?

Can you tell me what date rape drugs are?

Evil use of drugs...: Given to a victim unaware of it, who then loses essential concious ability to make choices. Choices are made for them by manipulating persons who seek to "posses" the decicion making authority to misuse, molest , and rape their victims. All sorts of chemicals can be used in this fashion: alcohol, barbiturates, benodiazepines, ghb, and others that lower ones level of consciousness and retraint. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Woods Dr. Woods
Psychiatry
26 years in practice
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
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What are so-called date rape drugs?

What are so-called date rape drugs?

Dangerous Drugs: These are drugs that are sometimes used to assist a sexual assault. These 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 are unable to refuse sex or defend yourself. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Reynolds Dr. Reynolds
Psychiatry
29 years in practice
The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
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Why is the date rape drug "rohypnol" produced?

Why is the date rape drug "rohypnol" produced?

Rohypnol: Is an intermediate-acting benzodiazepine with general properties similar to those of valium (diazepam). It is used in the short-term treatment of insomnia, as a pre-medication in surgical procedures and for inducing anaesthesia. It's not available in the United States. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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How long does the date-rape drug Rohypnol stay in your body and can you be tested to see if you were given it?

Urine test: A urine test could potentially detect rohypnol for up to sixty hours after it was ingested. But it is hard to detect because concentrations may be quite low. ...Read more

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Dr. Grace Ho Dr. Ho
Clinical Psychology
12 years in practice
The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
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Do girls need to fear the date rape drug?

Yes: Sexual predator can put the drug in a girl's drink when she is not paying attention and date rape drug can make a girl pass out and have no recollection of what happen while she is drugged. You can read more about date rape drug on http://www.Womenshealth.Gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/date-rape-drugs.Cfm. ...Read more

Dr. Laura Wuarin Dr. Wuarin
Psychiatry
20 years in practice
University Medical Center of Geneva Faculty of Medicine
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What are date rape drugs?

So you get amnesia: These drugs are given to people to cause amnesia. Then person may get raped but cannot remember. Be careful in bars about accepting drinks from strangers. ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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What do date rape drugs look like?

Date Rape Drug FActs: There are good resources online for this, such as: http://www.Womenshealth.Gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/date-rape-drugs.Cfm#b and also http://womenshealth.Gov/health-topics/a-z-topic/pubs-orgs.Cfm?Topic=1476. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Reidbord Dr. Reidbord
Psychiatry
32 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Please help! what is the difference between versed and a date rape drug?

Please help! what is the difference between versed and a date rape drug?

Could be one: Versed (midazolam) is a strong benzodiazepine tranquilizer given in supervised medical settings before medical/surgical procedures (or childbirth) to reduce anxiety ; cause sedation. It is available as an injection or orally, and the latter has been reported as a date-rape drug. Such use is both illegal and very dangerous even if sexual assault does not occur — ; much more so if it does. ...Read more

Dr. Kalyn Diamond Dr. Diamond
Clinical Psychology
10 years in practice
University of Kansas School of Medicine
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How does Rohypnol work and what are its long term use side effects as a date rape drug?

How does Rohypnol work and what are its long term use side effects as a date rape drug?

Is a sedative in the: Benzodiazepine class of drugs. It is not approved or sold legally in the us. Side effects include blackouts, with a complete loss of memory, dizziness and disorientation, nausea and vomiting, headache, difficulty breathing & with motor movements and speaking. The combination of alcohol & rohypnol is particularly hazardous. Long term use impairs general learning and causes tolerance and dependence. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Dr. Barbara Lavi Dr. Lavi
Clinical Psychology
31 years in practice
University of Massachusetts Medical School
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Can the date-rape drug GHB stop the pain of the act itself?

Can the date-rape drug GHB stop the pain of the act itself?

NO GHB is dangerous: Negative effects may include sweating, loss of consciousness (reported by 69 percent of users), nausea, hallucinations, amnesia, and coma, among other adverse effects. The devastating psychological pain and impact of rape occurs regardless when the person comes off the drug and realizes what has happened. ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Can an epipen (epinephrine) save you from the effects of date rape drugs?

Can an epipen (epinephrine) save you from the effects of date rape drugs?

Unfortunately, no: Epipens (epinephrine) can reverse life-threatening allergic reactions, not counter the pharmacological effects of drugs. Certain foods, stinging/biting insects, medications, and latex can set off allergic reactions -- including hives, itching, flushing, and swelling of the lips, tongue, and roof of mouth; throat & chest tightness, etc. Date rape drugs cause entirely different effects -- unless you're allergic. ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Lavi Dr. Lavi
Clinical Psychology
31 years in practice
University of Massachusetts Medical School
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Is there a drug or treatment that could wake someone from sleep induced by a date-rape drug?

Is there a drug or treatment that could wake someone from sleep induced by a date-rape drug?

If you believe : someone has taken a date rape drug and is not waking up, take them to an ER and have them seen. There are several types of date rape drugs and they can be lethal. ...Read more

Dr. Kalyn Diamond Dr. Diamond
Clinical Psychology
10 years in practice
University of Kansas School of Medicine
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Is there permanent damage to the brain from a date rape drug like rohypnol?

Is there permanent damage to the brain from a date rape drug like rohypnol?

General learning: Can be affected when taken for prolonged periods. Can result in inability to form new memories and profound sedation. Immediate effects can include respiratory depression (loss of impulse to breathe) when combined with other drugs such as alcohol. If you suspect that you or a friend have been drugged, please go for tests straight away as the chemical takes a few days to clear up. ...Read more

Dr. Mary Engrav Dr. Engrav
Emergency Medicine
27 years in practice
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I'm concerned about whether or not to take Plan B i'm a virgin and i think i might have been date raped. What are the chances that i could be pregnant if all the guy did was stick it in for a few seconds but there was no actual sex

I'm concerned about whether or not to take Plan B i'm a virgin and i think i might have been date raped. What are the chances that i could be pregnant if all the guy did was stick it in for a few seconds but there was no actual sex

There : There is always a chance of pregnancy if a penis is inside the vagina, even if only for a few seconds. Please take Plan B if you are at all concerned. I would also ask you to go to the er and report this as a rape. This individual may rape others in the future and and this needs a complete evaluation. You should also have testing for infectious diseases after being raped. I am so sorry that this happened to you. ...Read more

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Dr. Krishna Kumar Dr. Kumar
Psychiatry
51 years in practice
University of Delhi, Maulana Azad Medical College
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What happens when tell doctor you might have been drugged? Or used a drug? (One occurance/ week ago) no rape suspected.

Acute Stress Reactio: Your life and Your Emotional Health are Precious! I feel empathy for your experience of possibly being drugged. You may have used drug to cope with stressors in your life, or under peer pressure or to experiment. Reflect this unfortunate episode in your lie, learn from it, Have courage to tell the Doctor Have faith, that Doctor will understand Get needed treatment including Therapy ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Zolpidem is said to be used for a rape drug, is this true and how does it work. Can a man that has taken zolpiden get an erection while asleep?

Zolpidem is said to be used for a rape drug, is this true and how does it work. Can a man that has taken zolpiden get an erection while asleep?

Zolpidem: Zolpidem and any other medication or substance which sedates people can probably be used for "date rape." however, this is not an appropriate use of a medicine prescribed for temporary insomnia. Rape is a serious crime. Men often have erections while asleep, at certain phases of sleep cycle. This still doesn't excuse rape. ...Read more

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Rape (Definition)

Rape is the act of forcing sexual activity on someone else. It is usually conducted by men against women. Being raped may put a woman at risk of ...Read more