There is growing concern on campuses across the country due to the presence of Predator drugs. This document will focus on the three most prevalent drugs threatening the personal safety of college age students:
It is a potent tranquilizer which produces a sedative affect, amnesia, muscle relaxation, and slowing of psychomotor response. The pill is distributed in 0.5, 1.0, to 2.0 milligram form (Restrictions have been placed on the 2.0 mg form). It is colorless, odorless, and tasteless and dissolves without leaving any traces (some recently produced pills may contain a blue dye). It takes effect approximately 10-20 minutes after ingestion. Rohypnol can be added to any liquid (effect lasting 8-24 hours). Rohypnol can be detected in the blood for 24 hours and in the urine for 48 hours. Some individuals use Rohypnol as an alcohol extender for a rapid and dramatic high. This is something to watch for in social settings if individuals seem extremely intoxicated after consuming only a small amount of alcohol.
It is an odorless, colorless, liquid depressant with anesthetic qualities. It is also used as amino acid by bodybuilders in small amounts. GHB is usually distributed as a sodium salt in powder or tablet form commonly dissolved in water. This drug gives a feeling of relaxation, tranquility, sensuality, and loss of inhibitions (especially for women). The drug takes effect 10-15 minutes after ingestion and lasts 2-3 hours unless combined with alcohol, where effect may last 20-30 hours. Large doses can induce sudden sleep within 5-10 minutes.
It is a new drug that has been added to the predator drug category. It is a powerful anesthetic used as an animal tranquilizer. It is available in a liquid, powder or pill form. Ketamine causes hallucinations, amnesia and dissociation (a feeling where the mind seems separated from the body) making it attractive for a potential date rapist.
If you have questions or would like more information about this topic please visit the University Police Department or call extension 2222 (or 626-2222). If you would like a presentation regarding rape poison drugs contact Ken Kennedy, Director, University Police Department at 625-9741.