7 Ways to Protect Yourself from Date Rape Drugs


Date rape drugs render the victim weak or unconscious, without the ability to defend one’s self from attempts of assault. It is why it is extremely crucial that you are able to identify the dangers of date rape drugs and to avoid the intake of any spiked food or drinks.

As parents, you need to educate your teens on how to protect themselves from date rape even before they are put into the position when they can no longer defend themselves. Here are some important things to remember:

date rape1. Before going to the party or the club, agree with a trusted friend to watch each other’s drinks.

2. Don’t accept drinks from other people. More importantly, NEVER accept drinks offered by strangers.

3. Always get your drinks from the bartender. If someone offers to buy you a drink, watch it being prepared at the bar and carry it to your table yourself. Remember that many date rape cases involve someone the victim knows.

4. NEVER leave your drinks unattended. If you realized you left your drinks unattended for some time, discard it and get another one.

5. Open bottles or containers yourself. Do not drink from punch bowls or other open containers. These may be easily spiked.

6. If a drink smells or tastes strange, do not continue drinking. While many date rape drugs are colorless, odorless and tasteless, some common drugs do give out a strange color, odor or taste.

7. If you feel dizzy or drunk, and you have not consumed alcohol or have consumed only very little, seek help immediately.

Pass it on. Help a friend or a loved one.

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