Why are these drugs used as date rape drugs?

  • They are tasteless, odourless and colourless
  • They leave the body quickly
  • They don‘t show up in routine blood tests
  • They are easy to slip into a drink
  • They create memory loss
  • They cause confusion, leaving you unable to make decisions
  • They may cause you to act in a sexual way

These are some of the many reasons that sexual predators use these drugs . The drugs are difficult to detect; they are tasteless, odourless and colourless. All traces of the drugs will leave the body within 72 hours of ingestion and are not found in any routine toxicology screen or blood test – doctors and police need to look for the drugs as quickly as possible.

Date rape drugs are easily put into drinks, food and even cigarettes and are very fast acting. Sometimes the victim is given the drug outright, being told it is acid or ecstasy. They make the victim unconscious but responsive with little or no memory of what happens while the drug is active in their system. The drugs may also make the victim act in a sexual or physically affectionate way.

Like most drugs, date rape drugs cause a person to be incapable of thinking clearly or of making appropriate decisions. This means that the victim can be passive but still able to play a role in what is happening to them, but will have no clear memory of what happened after the event. Without any memory the victim is often unaware that they have even been raped, and if they are aware or have suspicions, they make very poor witnesses in court.