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Scare over date drug.

Byline: Will Batchelor

THERE was a massive jobs blow for the scaremongering industry this week after it emerged that - contrary to popular belief in recent times - most men are NOT walking around with a phial of the date rape drug Rohypnol in their pocket.

The Association of Chief Police Officers studied 120 reported drug-assisted date rapes last year, and found zero evidence of Rohypnol. One case involved the tranquilliser GHB, which has a similar effect.

Most of the others involved alcohol-sometimes to a dangerous level.

How disappointing for that industry of people making a living from the myth that most men are "Roofie" rapists. What a blow for the teams who run campaigns telling women to walk around bars with their thumb over the top of their bottles.

Of course, rape is a repugnant crime under any circumstance. But why terrify women - without a shred of evidence, apparently - into believing their drink will be spiked the second they turn their back?
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 23, 2006
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