How to Identify Signs That You May Have Been Drugged

By Sarita Sheree - Updated June 05, 2017
Single drink on a wooden bar

Unfortunately, we do not live in a world where we are always safe. This especially holds true in social situations where you do not know everyone. You should always closely monitor your food and drinks since date rape drugs such as GHB, Rohypnol (“roofies”), and ketamine can easily be slipped to you unnoticed. Date rape drugs, which often cause memory loss while in a person’s body, tend to have no color, smell or taste when added to food or drink. Because of potentially deadly drug effects, identifying any signs that you may have been drugged could be a matter of life and death.

Try to remember what you had to drink the previous night. Try to remember if you consumed any alcoholic beverages. If you did not drink any alcohol, yet feel as if you are drunk or hung over, there is a possibility that you were drugged.

Determine whether the effects of any alcoholic beverages your consumed seem stronger than usual. In addition to temporary amnesia, date rape drugs may cause a loss of coordination, weakness, visual disturbances, dizziness and confusion. Ultimately, date rape drugs will amplify the effect that alcohol normally has on you.

Look at your clothing and surroundings. Determine whether your clothes are torn, missing, or not on right. Determine whether you are familiar with your surroundings. If so, see if there is anything out of place.

Take account of what you remember from the previous evening. If you remember having a drink, but nothing else afterward, there is a problem. Ask close friends about your behavior the previous night. Individuals that have been drugged tend to act as if they are drunk.

Ask your friends questions about how you were acting, when you started acting that way, and who was around immediately prior to your acting that way. Date rape drugs tend to be fast-acting, so this information may provide clues as to who or what may was involved.


If you believe that you have been drugged, seek the assistance of a medical professional and the police immediately. In addition to gathering information that may assist in the prosecution of the person or people that did this, a doctor can monitor you for other serious side effects that may occur.

About the Author

Sarita Sheree has been a freelance writer/editor for more than 15 years. She has worked with a local publishing company, local newspapers, and A practicing attorney for four years, she is a graduate of Hampton University and the University of Dayton School of Law.

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