Added: August 6, 2016 – Last updated: August 6, 2016


Author: Pamela Donovan

Title: Drink Spiking and Predatory Drugging

Subtitle: A Modern History

Place: New York, NY

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Year: 2016

Pages: 294pp.

ISBN-13: 9781137575166 (print) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781137575173 (online) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | American History: U.S. History | Types: Date Rape; Victims: Unconsciousness



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Abstract for Chapter 5: »This chapter considers the emergence of the construct “date rape drug” in the 1990s and explains why it is a dubious one. The role of coerced drug use in propping up the by-then flagging War on Drugs is considered, as is the first round of campus activism regarding rape, which focused upon alcohol and offenders known to the victim, typically peers. The typification of the Hillory Farias and the Samantha Reid cases as the “named legislation” inspiration for the Date Rape Drugs Act is held up to scrutiny. Continued avoidance of the reality that the “big three” drugs in date rape drugs rhetoric—flunitrazepam, GHB, and ketamine—are typically taken voluntarily continued to be promulgated by legislators and the media.« (Source: )


  Acknowledgments (p. v)
  1 Introduction (p. 1)
  2 Chloral and Its Sisters: Synthetic Genesis and Parallel Demon (p. 15)
  3 Good Girls, Hyenas, and Cheap Novel Fiends: The Scourge of Chloral at the Turn of the Twentieth Century (p. 53)
  4 Baby, It’s Cold War Outside: An Era of Pharma-Ubiquity (p. 83)
  5 A “New” Problem Appears in the 1990s: The Birth of the Contemporary Date Rape Drugs Scare (p. 123)
  6 Who and Where Are the Druggers? (p. 173)
  7 What Do We Know (and Not Know) About Predatory Drugging? (p. 215)
  8 Drugs, Drinking, College, and Warding off Blame (p. 239)
  9 Conclusion (p. 267)
  Suggested Reading (p. 283)
  Index (p. 285)

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