PNP-ARMM warns public of ‘date rape’ drugs PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 May 2015 15:04

Police authorities in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PNP-ARMM) on Saturday warned women in the region against Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate (GHB) popularly known as “date rape drug”.

Chief Superintendent Ronald R. Estilles, PNP-ARMM regional director, said in a statement that the “date-rape drug” has become popular among men who take advantage of women in bars, night clubs and nigh parties.

“This is used to sexually abuse young women in party circles and clubs,” Estilles said, citing reports not only in ARMM but also in other parts of the country.

ARMM is composed of the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

GHB is a depressant that is commonly referred to as “club drug” or “date rape drug.” GHB abuse leads to increased sex drive, sweating, loss of consciousness, nausea, hallucinations, amnesia, and coma, among others.

It is also an odorless, colorless drug that can easily be combined with alcoholic beverages and given to unsuspecting victims prior to sexual assaults.

With this, the PNP-ARMM reminds all women particularly those who are fond of parties and nightly bar-hopping to be cautious on receiving drinks offered by strangers.

Meanwhile, the PRO ARMM encourages the public to be wary and to report any untoward incident regarding the manufacturing, selling, and abuse of GHB to the nearest police station or through social media (Twitter - @PNPHotline / @ pnppio or Facebook Page – Philippine National Police) or through the following: Dial 117 or text 2920; and Isumbong Mo Kay TSIP 09178475757; while for PRO ARMM Social Media Accounts-@proarmm (twitter); pnp proarmm bulletin (Facebook Account).