Monday, 28 May 2018

Imports of Date Rape Drug on the Rise

Female revelers in Hong Kong need to watch their drinks carefully
The Hong Kong police is confiscating more of the chemical used as a date rape drug in the first four months of this year than the whole of 2017.

It's pretty shocking and scary that men are actually procuring gamma-Butryolactone (GBL) from Lithuania, and importing it into Hong Kong by the litre.

Gamma-Burtryolactone can be used as a date rape drug
GBL is usually used as an industrial solvent to remove paint, oil, ink and graffiti. A 350ml bottle of it in Lithuania costs HK$150 (US$19). When the colourless liquid is imbibed, users can experience euphoria and reduced inhibitions.

But in larger doses it can cause sleepiness, confusion, dizziness and in extreme cases, death.

So far 131kg of GBL, a clear and odourless liquid was seized in the first four months of this year, compared to 124kg for the entire 2017.

Earlier this month a male model and an Australian man were arrested in possession of 13 litres of GBL. They were arrested in a flat that was only 500 metres from Lan Kwai Fong, a trendy restaurant and bar area in Central.

"We recently noticed date rape drug in parcels arriving from Lithuania destined for Hong Kong. The parcels stated boldly that the contents were chemicals for industrial use," said a source. "The liquid is commonly used as an industrial cleaner in some countries and is perfectly legal. It is widely available online."

GBL is a clear, odourless liquid that can be added to drinks
While GBL is a controlled drug in countries like the United States, Canada and Sweden, in other places like Poland and Russia, a license is needed to sell it. Hong Kong lists GBL as a dangerous drug since 2012, so trafficking GBL to Hong Kong carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and a HK$5 million fine.

The Hong Kong Security Bureau's Narcotics Division said on its website that this clear, odourless liquid is often used as a date rate drug and is added to flavoured drinks to mask its salty taste.

The case of these two men will go through the court system, but in the meantime women in Hong Kong need to be careful when they go out and watch their drinks like a hawk. Don't say I didn't warn you...

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