date-rape drug

variants: or date rape drug

Definition of date-rape drug

: a drug (such as GHB or ketamine) placed secretly usually in the drink or food of a potential victim to induce a state (such as confusion, physical weakness, or unconsciousness) that makes the victim vulnerable to sexual assault and especially rape

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The drug is the most commonly used among veterinarians for anesthetic purposes, according to Medical News Today, but is often illegally used in clubs and as a date-rape drug. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "It’s a psychedelic party drug — and it can also treat suicidal people, study finds | Miami Herald," 22 Mar. 2018 One contained a bottle of date-rape drug known as GBL. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "An inside look at the hunt for fentanyl, the deadly opioid driving the overdose crisis," 17 Sep. 2017 Dozens of women have accused Bill Cosby of using date-rape drugs to molest them throughout his career. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "Harvey Weinstein effect: Men behaving badly are getting fired. Fleeting outrage or sea change?," 25 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of date-rape drug

1995, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of date rape drug

: a drug (as GHB or flunitrazepam) administered surreptitiously (as in a drink) to induce an unconscious or sedated state in a potential date rape victim

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Legal Definition of date rape drug

: a drug (as GHB) administered surreptitiously (as in a drink) to induce an unconscious or sedated state in a potential date rape victim

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