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February-01-00

Congress Approves 'Date Rape' Drug Bill

The United States House of Representatives passed a bill that would significantly toughen federal laws for the possession and distribution of the 'date rape' drug.

GHB, or gamma hydroxybutyrate, acquired the street name 'date rape' drug because men have slipped it into the drinks of unsuspecting women who are then sexually assaulted while unconscious. Only a few drops of the drug slipped into a drink can cause a person to lose consciousness within 20 minutes, frequently leaving the victim with no memory of what happened.

Under the federal legislation, anyone caught in possession or distribution of the drug could face up to 20 years in prison. The House voted 339-2 in favor of the bill. Right-wing Representatives Ron Paul (R-TX) and Helen Chenoweth (R-ID) voted against it. The bill was sent to President Clinton for his signature.

Media Resources: Tribune News Service - February 1, 2000 and Reuters - January 31, 2000


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