Thursday, November 08, 2007

"Date rape" drug in toys? American prudes frame the story once again

It's really bad that kids in Australia--really little kids too, have gotten really sick from eating these beads that fuse with each other when exposed to water, and they should have been pulled from the shelves, but turning into a "date rape" drug when eaten? There's a difference between toxicity and dangerous drugs. GHB, what the glue in the toys metabolize into, is only regarded as a date rape drug in the United States. In Europe it's a popular drug on the rave scene and possession of it carries one of the least serious penalties in the UK. It works by turning into GABA in the brain, a natural relaxer, creating a sort of chill effect. Surely it can be used as a date rape drug, especially in combination with alcohol, but labeling it as such is a distortion.

I've known people, too many people, who have had their drinks drugged. There's no question that it's going on. But with the amount of psychiatric drugs floating around prescription happy America it doesn't take a genius to figure out that someone could probably do bad things to people by slipping someone a drug that their buddy is taking, without the need of exotic "date rape" drugs.

If people in the United States really want to stop people drugging drinks in order to take advantage of them they should hold back on prescribing CNS depressing medications.

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