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March-14-00

Four Convicted in Date-Rape Drug Case

Three men were convicted today of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 15-year-old girl. A fourth suspect was convicted of poisoning charges.

The men gave the young woman a drink spiked with GHB, the ‘date rape’ drug, and she died the next day. Those convicted of manslaughter face up to 15 years in prison.

The United States House of Representatives passed a bill earlier this year that significantly toughens federal laws for the possession and distribution of the 'date rape' drug. President Clinton signed the legislation last month.

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.

Media Resources: The Associated Press - March 14, 2000]


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