The Drug Enforcement Administration has reported that the illegal "date-rape" and body-building drug gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) has been linked to 32 deaths and 3,500 overdoses in the U.S. since 1990. Gamma butyrolactone, a similar drug that transforms into GHB when taken orally, has been linked to 55 health problems including one death and 19 instances where the drug caused the user to become unconscious or go into a coma.
According to the FDA, the GHB was originally used as a body-building drug but has now been used recreationally for its intoxicating effects and has been linked to numerous date rapes. GBL has been marketed in health food stores and on the internet as a dietary supplement. Brand names have included Blue Nitro, Blue Nitro Vitality, Renewtrient, Revivarant, Rivavarant G, GH Revitalizer, Gamma G, and Remforce. An FDA statement read, "Although labeled as dietary supplements, these products are illegally marketed, unapproved drugs."
The latest casualty of these deadly drugs was 15-year-old Samantha Reid, who died on January 17, one day after four men slipped the drug into her soft drink at a party. The men also drugged two other girls, one of whom required hospitalization.
Erick Limmer, 25; Joshua Cole, 18; Daniel Brayman, 18; and 17-year-old Nicholas Holtschlag were arraigned Tuesday on charges of manslaughter and poisoning. If found guilty, the men could face a maximum sentence of life in prison for the poisoning charge, and up to 15 years for manslaughter.
Media Resources: Reuters - February 18, 1997 and March 16, 1999; and UPI - January 22, 1999
12/11/2013 Human Rights Day Celebrated Around The World - Yesterday marked International Human Rights Day, a day to celebrate human rights advances and to assess the challenges that lie ahead in protecting them.
"The fundamentals for protecting and promoting human rights are largely in place: these include a strong and growing body of international human rights law and standards, as well as institutions to interpret the laws, monitor compliance and apply them to new and emerging human rights issues," said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in a statement. . . .
12/11/2013 UConn Under Federal Investigation For Mishandling Sexual Assault Cases - The US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) informed the University of Connecticut on Monday that it will investigate the school for allegedly mishandling sexual assault cases and violating Title IX, the federal law that requires all recipients of federal financial assistance for education programs and activities to prohibit sex discrimination and sexual harassment [PDF].
The investigation was sparked after seven women filed a formal complaint in October alleging that UConn had failed to protect them from sexual assault and exposed them to a sexually hostile environment.One woman says her attacker was expelled from campus but later readmitted without her knowledge. . . .
12/11/2013 Massachusetts Democrat Katherine Clark Wins Congressional Seat - Democrat Katherine Clark will become the fifth woman to represent Massachusetts in the US House Tuesday, after easily defeating three opponents in a special election.
"Six years ago, there wasn't a single woman representing Massachusetts in Congress," said Niki Tsongas, the only other woman representing Massachusetts in the House. . . .