GHB, Rohypnol and Ketamine have gained notoriety as drugs used to facilitate sexual assault, adding a high level of importance to law enforcement efforts to find and incarcerate people selling these drugs.
Predatory drugs are dangerous because they can make victims unable to resist sexual advances. Assaults of a sexual nature that involve these drugs can be very difficult to prosecute or even recognize because victims may not be aware that they took a drug at all. The drugs are odorless and invisible when they are dissolved in water. They are somewhat salty tasting, but for the most part, are unapparent when dissolved in drinks such as sodas, juice, beer or liquor.
When a victim ingests these drugs, he or she can have such severe memory problems that they may not be aware of the attack until 8-12 hours after it occurred. Impairment of memory can also eliminate evidence about the attack.
Predatory drugs are metabolized quite rapidly. They must be caught in a drug screen quickly, or else there may be little or no physical evidence to support the claim that the drugs were used to facilitate an assault.
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