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Comment from: JenniferF, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 06

Though I never got the date rape drug in college, (called "dog and horse tranquilizers� in liquid and pill form that has no smell or taste and put mostly into punch bowls and drinks by people that you think are so nice), later in life, I have watched my drinks, and actually pretended to not watch my drinks, and watched guys slip these drugs in friends' and my drinks. I won"t go further, but it can happen to anyone! At any time of the day! Yes, with perfect people that you think would never ever do that! They or their friends do this! Always watch the guy's hands - are they making the drink in front of you or do they go elsewhere inside, to make your drink and bring you back a beer. Follow them when they go to get you a beer if not next to you and follow them if they go away from you to make a drink. I cannot tell you how many times I have seen men try to sneak stuff in girls'/women's drinks and they get away with it. Please be careful, don"t trust men just because they are your guy's friend's friend. By the way, if you see, feel or know that they put something in your drink, do not address it to them. Just pretend to drink it and go to the bathroom and pour it out. In one hour, with you not drinking the drink, you will see other friends getting totally wasted and gone. You will be glad you faked drinking the drink. Then write a story about it the next day to yourself so you can help others.

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Comment from: tina, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 08

He was putting the date rape drugs in my foods. Why else would he give me lunch, dinners! I got sick and blacked out. I woke up sick and felt drugged. I had terrible headache. My eyes burned. I felt weak with nausea. This person was my neighbor I know. Old man wanted a perfect wife. Doesn't exist.

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Comment from: stalkedtocrazy, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 02

My advice is to prepare yourself for tough times when dealing with date rape drugs. As a male, it's even more difficult. Often the police will assume it's your fault for getting drugged in the first place, or will call you delusional and refuse to document anything. The hospital may lock you in the psychiatric ward if a test turns up negative, or even not test you at all. I've been through all of this, five years on and off being stalked, drugged, raped, etc., and getting help can be very hard.

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