LA CROSSE, WI. – For many college students, spring break is a time of festivity in warm vacation destinations. It’s a way to relieve the academic stress of the semester. However, this season of revelry also poses some major health and safety risks.
Mayo Clinic Health System would like to remind vacationing students of ways to protect themselves from sexual assault by monitoring their alcohol consumption and looking out for GHB and Rohypnol — more commonly known as the “date rape drugs.” Each year, there is an average of 293,000 male and female sexual assault victims in the United States, according to Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN).
The side effects of alcohol and date rape drugs may be severe. GHB and Rohypnol can cause sedation, confusion and memory loss. The drugs are also known to impair the consumer’s ability to resist unwanted contact and recollection of the event. At high doses, GHB and Rohypnol may cause seizures, coma and even death.