It’s not just the ‘date-rape’ drug anymore

"It's funny, 'cause just the other day, me and my boy, we was wonderin' why they even call 'em 'roofies'. Y'know what I'm talkin' 'bout? ... Why not 'floories,' right? 'Cause when you take 'em, you're more likely to end up on the floor than the roof. What about groundies? That's a good new name fo' 'em." This is probably one of the most highly-quoted parts in the movie "The Hangover."  We joke about getting so drunk the weekend before that someone must have drugged our drink or laugh about getting blackout drunk.  What if it was you that had the choice taken away from you?  What if you were given roofies and don’t have any memory from the night before?  The so-called “date rape drug” is no laughing matter and it is a big problem. Typically, when I think of roofies, I would picture a date gone wrong or an out-of-control, "Project X"-like party.  I would never have thought that I would be in danger of being drugged while out at a local bar with some friends, but the life always likes to prove us wrong. Almost two months ago, I went out on a Thursday night with the intent of having a few drinks with some friends, but not getting too crazy since I was scheduled the lunch shift the next day.  I arrived at the bar around 11 p.m. and only had two mixed drinks before my last clear memory of the night at approximately 12:15 a.m. I woke up the next morning in my friend’s living room, very confused.  I attempted to make it to work, but I was so sick that I could not even stand.  I just assumed that I had unintentionally become intoxicated and that I was still feeling the effects.  My friend took me back to my car that was still parked at the bar and I barely made it back to my apartment.  I spent the entire day trying to recover and could not figure out how I had become so drunk when that hadn’t happened in two years. It was not until a few days later that I came to the realization that I had been drugged because no amount of sleep deprivation, empty stomach and strong drinks could have caused how I felt for two days of recuperating.  The moral of the story: THIS SITUATION CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE. Certain precautions can be taken such as keeping your drink with you at all times, not letting someone buy you a drink without watching it the entire time, and not drinking out of other cups that you are unsure of where they came from.  However, there will still be times that all the awareness in the world can’t prevent a bad situation from happening.  So, always look out for your friends.  I had an amazing group of them that kept an eye on me that night and took care of me so that I was not harmed in any way.  The situation could have been much worse. If you think you have been a victim or would like to know more information, please contact me at ldillon@missouriwestern.edu.

25 thoughts on “It’s not just the ‘date-rape’ drug anymore

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