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Date rape drugs remain a danger

Veronica Whitney

EAGLE COUNTY – People are using date rape drugs to sexually assault others in the Vail Valley, authorities said. “I wouldn’t say it’s frequent, but it occurs,” said Vail Police Sgt. Susan Douglas.So-called date rape drugs, -such as GHB, ketamine and Rohypnol (better known as “roofies”) – make people who’ve ingested them, often unintentionally, feel as though they’ve been knocked out, District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said. “It makes it seem as they were drunk so they can’t remember,” Hurlbert said. “It’s like a blackout.”Hurlbert said the drugs circulate among people in their early 20s.”Rape drugs are tough because they leave the person’s body fast,” he said. “So if we don’t get the person within a few hours, we can’t prove it.”Most date rape drugs don’t leave trace of color or taste, Hurlbert added. Douglas said police see the most date rape cases in Vail bars.”Usually, it’s predators in the bar,” Douglas said. “The drug is dropped in the drinks.”To avoid ingesting such drugs, Douglas recommends that people never leave drinks unattended and always have a safety plan for getting home.Furthermore, most of the sexual assaults prosecutors see are acquaintance rapes, Hurlbert said.”Keep track of your drinks,” he said. “Don’t accept drinks from anybody except the bartender.”Though police have no evidence date rape drugs have been used in Vail on teenagers, kids should still be aware, Douglas said.”The potential danger is there,” she said. “The product can be dropped in any kind of drink, even a soda. So it could even be dropped at a ball game.”Vail, Colorado


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