House Committee Approves Date-Rape Drug Legislation
On Thursday, the House Commerce Committee approved legislation that would make it illegal to use, manufacture, distribute, or dispense gamma hydroxybutyrate (often called the “date-rape” drug).
This bill would make GHB one of the most controlled substances regulated under the Controlled Substances Act. Just a few drops of the drug, which is colorless and odorless, can cause a person to lose consciousness within 20 minutes. Victims of this drug often have little or no memory of the incident and it is hard to trace.
According to a survey conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), from 1992 to 1996, the number of hospital emergency visits resulting from use ofthis drug increased from 20 to 629. The author of the bill, Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) noted, "This is a nightmare no family wants to experience. This is a major problem across the country. We need to end this."
This legislation would make it illegal to possess, manufacture, distribute or dispense the drug. Those caught with it could face a maximum of 20 years in jail for the first offense.
Media Resources: Nando Times and AP - August 5, 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. . . .
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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. . . .