While bidding adieu to the passing year, it's always fun to let loose your inhibitions and get wild and join the party brigade in welcoming the New Year. But at the same time, these rave parties and thrilling atmosphere bring with them their dark side as well–especially for women. There are certain things that you need to take care of in such parties. Read on:
Beware of Rohypnol
Rohypnol, generally known as 'date rape' drug, is popular among unscrupulous elements. Though the drug has medicinal purposes, it is used to incapacitate women during sexual assaults.
"The drug has no taste or odour, so if given one does not realise what is happening. About 10 minutes after taking the drug, a woman may feel dizzy and disoriented, simultaneously too hot and too cold, and/or nauseated. She may experience difficulty speaking and moving, and then pass out. The most dangerous thing is that such victims have no memories of what happened while under the drug's influence," says Poonam Malhotra, a general physician.
The combination of alcohol and Rohypnol is particularly fatal. "With many cases of rape being reported in the city, there has to be a lot of awareness and things to be taken care of even while stepping outside home. You always have to keep your eyes and ears open to be safe," says Megha Virmani, a social worker.
Identify the drug
Rohypnol tablets are white with a score on one side and the word "ROCHE," and are sold in pre-sealed bubble packs.
The side effects
How to guard yourself