Date Rape Drugs & ESPN

A quick note on ESPN’s report regarding Florida State QB and Heisman hopeful, Jameis Winston. For those that haven’t been keeping track of the story, Winston is alleged to have sexually assaulted a girl who is presumably another student at FSU.

According to ESPN’s Shelley Smith, there weren’t any traces of “date rape” drugs in the girl’s blood. The suggestion that her toxicology results disprove any allegation that she was drugged is a tad misleading.

The most common date-rape drugs are GHB and Rohpnol (“ruffie”). I’ve dealt with these defenses before. The signature feature of those drugs is that they’ll normally go undetected in a blood or urine test unless a sample is obtained shortly after consumption. The report is ambiguous about when the test in Winston’s case was taken.

There isn’t much information widely available on this case, but one important question is when exactly the test of the girl’s blood or urine was taken.

[Update: Winston won’t be charged. Obviously, there were too many unanswered questions for the prosecutor to go forward.]

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