Thursday, September 24, 2009

Over the Counter Date Rape Drug

I attended an informational presentation by staff at our local AWARE shelter, where victims of domestic and sexual violence are served here in Jackson. AWARE provides shelter, services and programs and is staffed, as I mentioned Monday evening, by a very talented and dedicated group of women who really know their stuff.

This is scary and although there is always the off chance that someone will get an idea he hadn't had before, there is a much higher chance that someone will be the victim of sexual violence if we do not publicize it which makes us complicit. So here we go--

The over the counter ocular solution containing tetrahydrozoline, known by its trade name VISINE and commonly called "eye drops" may be used to "induce an obfunded compliant victim with no memory of the period during the sexual assault." This is from an article in Legal Medicine 2007 and authored by Spiller HA et al. Mr. Spiller's email address is henryspiller@nortonhealthcare.org.

Of course, given my propensity to do something about a problem NOW my first email was addressed to several friends and acquaintances who are either in branches of government or law enforcement. My first idea is that as is the case with the cold remedy ingredients which can be used in the making of meth any eye drops with similar chemical composition might be treated in the same way. These items should be protected by being behind the counter and require asking a pharmacist for the product. Anyone who would protest the little bit of extra effort in a legitimate purchase doesn't have much of a public conscience.

From the abstract: "Drug facilitated sexual assault (DFSA) has been defined as sexual activity occurring where consent is invalid or absent due to the effects of drugs and or alcohol....an adult male repeatedly used tetrahydrozoline to induce a comatose state in an adult female and four female children for the purposes of sexual assault. It may be warranted to include imidazoline derivatives in the testing for cases of DFSA." Much education will be needed because the presence of the chemical lasts for only 96 hours after the event.

There's a lot more to this, of course, but if you believe as I do that this is a problem which has serious repercussions, please contact your local authorities, representatives and perhaps school officials if the avenues are open for this kind of discussion. I truly hope this will be a relatively easy avenue to stop something before it gets to be a much bigger problem. Please help get the word out.

Good luck in your endeavors--
God bless..........

3 comments:

Anonymous said...


ty. ;) gotta stock up on visine now :O

Anonymous said...

thank you, lola, thank you, THANK you. 
i suspected something happening to me over an extended period of time and it was recently confirmed.  it is over - i am safe.
i researched the known DFSA substances in depth, my test results found nothing ... i  remained perplexed UNTIL trumping YOUR blog in my googling.
 i'm 99% certain u'v provided the answer i sought.
i researched the topic further, found the spiller paper and a document w a clinical/analytical overview - have since discussed my findings in this matter with the dept of forensic science in my australian hometown, also with my GP, specialist, and all professionals involved in my care ... i was astounded to find that NONE of them had ANY knowledge of this ... but even more astounding is the fact they are actually LISTENING to ME! within 3days, funding had been approved for new research into the misuse/subsequent analysis of tetrahydrozoline in DFSA and,  within same week, samples were taken to begin the analysis.
i am now extremely hopeful that my efforts since the experience will lead to this substance being included as part of all  routine screening in DFSA, and ultimately, to changes in the availability/supply/non-childproof packaging.

not exactly what i had pictured as my 15 minutes of fame

Anonymous said...

Really? Visine can be used as a date rape drug? That sounds unreal never heard of that