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"Date Rape" Drugs Cause More Sexual Assaults In WF

The next time you go to a bar you might want to keep a close eye on your drink.

The Wichita Falls Police Department says in the last six months it has seen an increase of cases where women say someone might have put what's known as a "date rape" or "club drug" inside their drink. All because the women felt or saw signs of a sexual assault but don't remember the incident.

"Blacking out and being involved in a sexual assault is a traumatic and terrible thing but it can also lead to other things. Death and things like that," said John Spragins, the public information officer for the WFPD.

Spragins says it has been 12 years since he's seen so many of these cases and he blames the internet. The most common "date rape" drugs are Rohypnol, GHB and Ketamine and now you can find out online how to make a similar mixture of these drugs with just over the counter medicines. Spragins says that makes the situation even more dangerous.

"These are not chemists that are doing this stuff. These are your average, everyday people who are reading something and then trying to put something together and then putting it on someone's drink and they're ingesting it," said the public information officer.

Unfortunately these drugs are almost impossible to spot in your drink. They're often in liquid form, a powder or a pill that dissolves and doesn't have any taste. That's why Spragins says don't let yourself become a victim.

"Don't take a drink from a stranger, don't leave your drinks unattended. You know, go to the bathroom and things like that and then start drinking something again because there are people out there who will take advantage of people and spike their drinks," said Spragins.

There are some ways you can tell if you might have been drugged and raped. You might feel drunk, disoriented or hungover when you wake up. You remember having a drink but nothing else after that, your clothes might be ripped off and you could feel like you had sex. 

Tanya De Jesus, Newschannel 6

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