The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 8,.1998 - 7,
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'Date rape' drug targeted
by women's commission
The Associated Press
A state agency plansto begin holding a two-year sentence, while people"
seminars at Michigan universities to caught using the drug can get one year
inform women about the dangers the in jail.
so-called "date rape" drug that can be DeGrow said about 400 students are
slipped into a woman's drink to render expected to aucd a seminar on the
her helpless. drug this month at Central Michigan
"College campuses are very danger- University.
ous places for women," said Kathy "Education is the most important
DeGrow, executive director of the thing," she told 'fhe Blade of Toledo in
Michigan Women's Commission, a story yesterday.
Gov. John Engler signed legislation The drug is a central nervous sys-
in July making it a felony to possess the tem depressant first used as a possible
drug, gamma-hydroxybutyrate. That anesthetic. Rejected by doctors, it
made Michigan one of six states to add found its way to health and diet
the substance to its list of Schedule I stores, where it was sold as a muscle
drugs, meaning more serious penalties growth product. The U.S. Food and
for offenders. Drug Administration banned it in
As a result, offenders caught distrib- 1990.
uting or manufacturing the drug can get However, the dug is easily made at
up to seven years in prison and a home -recipes can be found on the
$10,000 fine. Simple possession carries Internet. In the early part of this decade,
it became a popular drug with high
school and college students, who like(
its euphoric and hallucinatory qualities
At the same time, some men begat
sneaking the substance into the drink
of unsuspecting woman. Over a two- t
three-year period in Michigan, about 2,
assault and rape cases were reportec
related to the drug, DeGrow said.
Because the drug disappears from the
system two to five hours after taking it
many cases go undetected and unre-
ported, DeGrow said. She thinks the
nu ber of rapes and assaults is mud
DeGrow said that among the advice
her group suggests is for groups of
women to have a designated person
remain at tables in bars and at parties to
make sure no one tampers with the
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