Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault ('Date Rape')

Richard H. Schwartz, MD, Regina Milteer, MD, Department of Pediatrics, Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children, Falls Church, Va; and Marc A. LeBeau, MS, Chemistry Unit, FBI Laboratory, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington, DC

South Med J. 2000;93(6) 

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Drug-facilitated sexual assault has become an increasingly common method of violent sexual aggression. Although alcohol remains the most widely used date-rape drug, other CNS depressants such as flunitrazepam and GHB are increasingly used as "knock-out drops" to render female victims helpless and amnesic. Several of these date-rape drugs are described, and guidelines are given for proper specimen collection should the physician be consulted within 96 hours after the assault. The suggestions listed may be used to minimize drug-facilitated sexual assault.


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