A daughter's pain, a mother's nightmare
A few years ago I was faced with every mother's nightmare. My sixteen-year old daughter was drugged and attacked at the house of a friend. Words can not describe my anguish at not being able to protect my baby from this act of betrayal by a person she thought she knew. A person she thought was her friend. The strange thing was she has no memory of the assault.
My daughter was slipped the drug known as a “roofy”. She accepted a glass of kool-aid upon arriving and a few minutes later became sick to her stomach. Laying down in a spare room in the hopes she would start feeling better she awoke 8 hours later alone and disoriented. Rohypnol is a powerful sedative packing 10 times the effect of Valium. It is available in every state in the union for as little as $1 to $5 dollars a piece. It is the size and shape of a a common aspirin with cross or single scored on one side and the word Roche or a 1 or 2 in a circle on the other. Rhohypnol easily dissolves in any liquid and is colorless, odorless and tasteless (other than a slight salty aftertaste). In an effort to reduce its illegal use, manufacturers now sell iti n a green capsule with the numbers 542 on the side.
The effects of Rhohypnol are fast acting once ingested within 20 minutes the victim may feel nauseous, drowsy, and disoriented for a short time before becoming helpless or unconscious. and unable to resist her attacker or even call for help.
The effects of Rhohypnol last from 8 to 12 hours and are faster and more profound when mixed with alcohol. Severe allergic reactions or symptoms mirroring alcohol poisoning have also been reported.
Never accept an open drink. If you are drinking from a can or bottle open it yourself
Never leave your drink unattended
Never go out alone
Never drink anything that tastes funny( possibly salty) or has a strange appearance such as too foamy or with a residue on the bottom .
Never mix drugs and alcohol
Signs of a possible assault:
- Feeling more intoxicated than usual or in relation to what you have drank
- Feeling intoxicated or sick soon after drinking a non-alcoholic drink
- Waking up feeling confused or unable to recall a period of time
- Waking up in a strangers house or a motel room with no recall
If you suspect someone you love has drugged and assaulted:
Encourage them to seek medical attention,
Encourage them to seek counseling,
Encourage and support the victim,
** Victims of any type of assault are often anxious, confused and guilt-ridden assure the victim this is not their fault but the fault of the person who committed the crime.
Today my daughter is still recovering. She lost the baby three weeks after we found out. Thankfully she contracted no diseases as a result of the attack. The boy was never prosecuted because of a lack of evidence and remains free to this day to victimize another mother's daughter. Please speak to your daughters about the dangers of Rhohipnol.