You wake up and don’t remember anything about last night.  You wonder, was I drugged?  Or did I just drink too much? Maybe you know you only had one drink, or part of a drink and can’t remember anything that happened after that?   Are there signs of sexual activity you don’t remember?  What happened?  Sadly, these are questions many people, especially women, have asked themselves.

While it’s not headline news any more, drug facilitated sexual assault, aka “date rape”, hasn’t gone away. Alcohol still remains the most commonly used date rape drug according to the DEA.  However, incapacitating drugs are often given along with the alcohol to intensify or speed up their effects.  It’s estimated that 75% of all date rapes involve alcohol and/or drugs. The US Department of Health and Human Services estimates that nearly 11 million women have been raped while drunk, drugged, or high.  But it’s not just women that are victims.  9 percent of sexual assault victims are male. A CDC study found 1 in 71 males will be raped or suffer an attempted rape.  30% of gay or date rape drugbisexual men report having experienced at least one form of sexual assault.  Accurate figures are harder to come by with men, because of the stigma surround male rape.  It’s believed that fewer than 1 in 10 assaults get reported.

Commonly Used Date Rape Drugs

In 2018, researchers studied 1000 cases of reported date rapes–both male and female–in the US.  Nearly 80 percent of the cases involved drugs, and over a hundred different substances were found in the victims.  Alcohol was the most prevalent drug, followed by marijuana, amphetamine/methamphetamine, cocaine, and clonazepam.  A UK study of 1014 cases had similar findings. Drugs were number one, followed by a mixture of drugs and alcohol. Marijuana was the number one drug found, followed by cocaine, amphetamines, MDMA, and ketamine.   The blood and or urine was used for testing in these cases.  But we know that most drugs leave the body within 72 hours, many much faster.  So what do you do if you don’t want to report it, or aren’t sure if it even happened?

Signs of drug or alcohol ingestion can be found in your hair long after it’s able to be tested in blood or urine.  Testing can be done weeks or months after the incident, and most legal, illegal, and over the counter medications can be detected. If you think you may have been given a drug, contact us.  We can help.