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Mülheim Equal Opportunities Office provides information about knockout drops and introduces the new knockout drop protection armband.

Almost all young people have heard of it or know someone who has already had experience with knockout drops! They are mixed into the drink unnoticed in order to make the victim helpless and helpless, to rob them or to rape them. It often affects young women. Crime scenes are discos, pubs or even private parties. A healthy mistrust, simple precautionary measures and rules of conduct can prevent yourself from becoming a victim of such a crime. With the new knockout drop protection armband, drinks can be easily tested on site. Anyone who suspects they are a victim of knockout drops should immediately consult a doctor or a hospital and call in the police.

For more information on the topic, click directly on the questions or scroll down the text:
What are knockout drops?
Who are the victims?
Who are the perpetrators?
How and where are knockout drops used?
How do knockout drops work?
How can I protect myself?
What to do if …?
Who can help me afterwards?

What are knockout drops?

Knockout drops are narcotic substances. The most common form of knockout drops is the party drug gamma-hydroxibutyric acid (GHB, also called liquid ecstasy), which is mixed into the drinks in liquid form and overdosed. There are also numerous other substances, such as (prescription-only) psychotropic drugs or narcotics. The drops are odorless and tasteless.

Who are the victims?

Anyone can become a victim of knockout drops! However, women and girls are often affected. But boys and men can also be victims.

Who are the perpetrators?

The perpetrators can be acquaintances or strangers. Mostly it is men who act alone or in a group. But it can also be colleagues, people from the neighborhood or even relatives.

How and where are knockout drops used?

The perpetrators usually put the drops unnoticed in an open drink of the victim or the perpetrators buy a drink that has already been prepared.
The perpetrators often use it when alcohol is involved, i.e. in discos, pubs or at private parties.

How do knockout drops work?

The effect depends on the dosage and the condition of the victim. A combination with alcohol and drugs is particularly dangerous. Symptoms such as dizziness and nausea appear about 15 minutes after ingestion. It feels like you've had too much to drink. In the beginning, the victim can still talk and move normally, but is easily manipulated or even mindless. The perpetrators take advantage of this phase and “take care” of the supposedly drunk victim, take them outside, “for fresh air” and then move them to another location. The unconsciousness occurs later. After waking up from unconsciousness, the victim cannot remember what happened, or only vaguely and fragmentarily. An overdose of K.O. drops can lead to coma, respiratory failure and ultimately death.

How can I protect myself?

  • Never leave open drinks unattended!
  • Do not accept open drinks from strangers.
  • Receive your drinks personally from the waitress.
  • Wear the knockout drop protection armband. It is available in the drugstore dm, in pharmacies and online. The bracelet scares off potential perpetrators in advance; a quick glance at the wrist reminds you to be careful. You can immediately and discreetly test the drink for the best-known and most frequently used knockout drops of the active ingredient GHB. But be careful! In addition to GHB, there are other substances that cannot be tested.
  • Always pay attention to your gut instinct and avoid people or situations that seem "strange" to you.

What to do if …?

  • If you feel sick, dizzy or light-headed, or if you suspect that knockout drops have been misused, ask your friends or staff for help immediately!
  • In this case, do not go to the toilet or outside alone!
  • Also, take care of your friends, especially if they are suddenly not feeling well and “someone” is taking care of them and wants to take them outside.
  • If you suspect knockout drops, contact the emergency room or a doctor immediately. An overdose can have health consequences up to death.
  • If necessary, call the police (110) or the ambulance service (112).
  • If you suspect that you may have been a victim of a crime while under the influence of knockout drops, it is important to act immediately. Knockout drops can only be detected briefly in the blood and urine. The police should be informed or visited immediately! All unwanted sexual acts by the victim are punishable! The responsibility lies solely with the perpetrator. The victim is never to blame!
  • Report the crime to the police. Only in this way can the perpetrator be punished and only in this way can other victims be protected. A criminal complaint can be filed with any police station. Even if the perpetrator is known and comes from the personal environment.
  • As difficult as it is: Do not shower or wash yourself until a (medical) examination. This is the only way to secure traces.
  • Do not wash the clothes you were wearing at the time of the assault. If possible, pack the items of clothing individually in bags so that all traces are preserved.
  • If you cannot decide to file a complaint with the police immediately after the crime, you can still go to a hospital or a doctor and have injuries and traces of the crime documented for a possible criminal complaint. There is the option of anonymous forensic evidence. With an anonymous forensic investigation, the traces can be stored in a court-proof manner for up to ten years. During this period, it is possible to report the act retrospectively and to bring the evidence into an investigation or judicial process.
  • When considering reporting the crime, you should bear in mind that it can be very important for you psychologically to see the perpetrator being punished - even if the proceedings are a great burden. By convicting the perpetrator, you also protect other women and men from attacks and harm.

Victims of sexual offenses can find more detailed information on the police advice website: www.polizei-beratung.de/opferinformationen/sexualstraftaten

Who can help me afterwards?

A sexual offense not only leaves visible traces. People who have been victims of sexual assault often no longer feel safe and suffer from the psychological consequences of the crime. Missing memories are often a major problem when women, girls, boys or men have been raped or sexually abused under the effects of knockout drops. You wake up in an unfamiliar place, not knowing how you got there or what has happened in the past few hours. This can cause post-traumatic symptoms to develop. However, due to a lack of or fragmentary memory of the incident, they cannot assign the complaints. The violence experienced can have serious consequences for those affected and their social environment. Therefore: get professional help!

"Violence against Women" helpline

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