GHB, GBL and 1,4BD as Date Rape Drugs

GHB, GBL, and BD 1,4 have gained notoriety as drugs used to facilitate sexual assault, adding an urgency to law enforcement efforts to pursue traffickers of these drugs.
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The dangers of GHB, GBL, and BD 1,4 as "Date Rape Drugs"

  • These drugs render the victim incapable of resisting sexual advances.

  • Sexual Assaults facilitated by these drugs can be difficult to prosecute or even recognize because:

  • Victims may not be aware that they ingested a drug at all. GHB and its analogues are invisible when dissolved in water, and are odorless. They are somewhat salty tasting, but are indiscernible when dissolved in beverages such as sodas, liquor, or beer.

  • Due to memory problems induced by these drugs, the victim may not be aware of the attack until 8-12 hours after it occurred.

  • The drugs are metabolized quickly, so there may be little physical evidence to support the claim that the drugs were used to facilitate an assault.

  • Memory impairment caused by the drugs also eliminates evidence about the attack.
Awareness of GHB's use to facilitate sexual assault is largely due to the efforts of the family of Samantha Reid. Reid, a fifteen-year old Michigan girl, died after ingesting GHB that was slipped into her soda by a classmate. The law that declared GHB a Schedule I drug is named in Reid's honor.
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