UN report warns of alarming rise of ‘date-rape drugs’ worldwide

The report from the International Narcotics Control Board says “the abuse from prescription drugs is greater in some countries than from heroin, cocaine and ecstasy combined.”

Read the full report here. http://www.incb.org/incb/en/annual-report-2009.html

The report says the “date-rape drug” phenomenon “is evolving rapidly, as sexual abusers attempt to circumvent more rigorous drug controls by using substances not restricted by the international drug conventions.”

An excerpt:

    What is alarming is the unscrupulous way in which those drugs are used upon unwitting victims — the drugs, which are usually disguised in food or drinks, are introduced in dosages that are significantly higher than the dosages used for therapeutic purposes —a practice which entails serious health risks for the victims. Sexual assault crimes are often committed in public places such as bars, restaurants, nightclubs but also in private surroundings.

It says stricter control measures by governments, in close cooperation with the pharmaceutical industry, have been shown to be effective in the past to curb the abuse of some of the “date-rape drugs” and that such measures should be stepped up.

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2010/02/un-report–warns-of-alarming-rise-of-date-rate-drugs/1



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