Drugs and alcohol
Some people think that being high or drunk makes it easier to be sexual. Some even think it makes it better. But 29% of youth say they have gone further sexually than they wanted to when using drugs or alcohol. Substances lower inhibitions. It may feel great in the moment, but the next day…possible regrets.
The reality is drugs and alcohol make us vulnerable, even when they make us feel invincible.
Risks of mixing Sex and Substances:
- Pressuring someone to go farther sexually than they want
- Unable to think clearly
- Not in your usual state-of-mind
- Makes it hard to communicate sexual limits
- Not using condoms or practicing safe sex
- Going past what you are normally comfortable with
- Getting into a dangerous place, like an apartment or car
- Less able to detect danger
- Difficulty making clear decisions
- Regrets the next day
- Sexual assault
Drugs and Alcohol and Consent
When someone is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they cannot legally give their consent. Also, someone who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol cannot use that as an excuse in court for assaulting someone.
Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault
When people talk about “date rape drugs”, they often mean GHB, Ketamine, Ecstasy, Rohypnol. These kinds of drugs are often slipped unknowingly into someone’s drink and then the person will take advantage of or assault the victim while they are messed up or passed out.
Date rape drugs are any drug or alcohol that make a person lose their inhibitions, vulnerable to manipulation, or pass out. Alcohol is the most commonly used “date rape drug”. GHB is being recognized as the second most common.
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Some people do these drugs by choice. Just because someone voluntarily takes these drugs, does not mean they are asking to be assaulted. Being sexual with someone when they are too wasted to give consent, is sexualized assault.
Think you may have been given date rape drugs?
If you felt more “wasted” than you should have, dizzy, nauseous, foggy headed, weird, if you passed out and don’t remember anything, it is possible someone may have given you a drug. It is important to seek support and medical attention if you think that you may have been given any drugs. Remember we are here to help.
Some common drugs and their descriptions
GHB is an illegal drug. It comes in a clear liquid that tastes salty when undiluted. People take it mixed with water or in juice. Mixed with alcohol it can be fatal. The flavour can be masked by sweet juices or pop or tomato juice. Victims of GHB often describe feeling really drunk and then passing out or not remembering anything.
Ketamine is a horse tranquillizer and an illegal drug for humans. It comes in a powder that is snorted or injected. It could be mixed into a drink and not detected. A person may feel drowsy, spaced out, not able to control their body, or they may pass out. It can also make a person very vulnerable to suggestion and unable to detect danger.
“E” or “X” as is commonly called, is an illegal drug. It comes in a pill or capsule taken orally or crushed into powder and snorted. It could be mixed into a drink and not detected. Ecstasy lowers inhibitions and can make a person very vulnerable to being manipulated. People may be too trusting or be more open to doing things they wouldn’t normally do. Sometimes it is offered in exchange for sexual acts or to bribe youth to get into prostitution.
Rohypnol or Roofies, is an illegal drug in Canada. It is a prescriptive drug in some other countries and is like Valium but way stronger. Rohypnol is not as available as the other drugs but is still known as a date rape drug. It is usually a white pill and can be crushed and mixed unknowingly in drinks. The manufacturers now put a special dye in it that turns a drink cloudy or blue. But it still may go undetected. Victims of “roofies” describe feeling more drunk or high than what they expected, dizzy, nauseous, sleepy or that they passed out. Other sedatives will also have these effects.