Several women who claimed to have been sexually assaulted by Bill Cosby also say the comic slipped them drugs. The National ENQUIRER has asked two nationally known experts – Dr. Moshe Lewis and Dr. Stuart Fischer – for details on nine “knockout” or “date rape” drugs Cosby could have used according to accusers’ alleged accounts. Cosby’s lawyers have vehemently deneds that any assaults ever occurred.
? SECONAL: This barbiturate depresses the central nervous system, and is intended for epilepsy patients, but it’s been misused for its relaxatory effects. It’s also used to treat short-term insomnia and is sometimes used as a sedative before certain surgeries. It can take effect within 10 minutes and can last upwards of four hours. Actress Judy Garland reportedly died from a Seconal overdose.
? AMYTAL SODIUM: This barbiturate achieved fame as a “truth serum,” but whether it actually provides that result is questionable. It’s often used before surgery as a sedative.It decreases motor skills, produces drowsiness almost immediately and can last for upwards of eight hours. It normally comes in powder form for medical injection.
? SOMA: This muscle relaxer blocks pain sensations between the nerves and the brain. It sometimes produces slight euphoria, but has high potential for complications. It’s sometimes used to treat painful musculoskeletal conditions. Patients feel its effects within 30 minutes.
? CHLORAL HYDRATE: This sedative was popular years ago to treat insomnia and provide post-surgery pain relief, but is seldom approved today for medical use. It’s extremely dangerous in combination with alcohol and can come in either pill or liquid form. It can take effect within 10 minutes and lasts several hours. It was famously used to kill victims in the Jonestown mass suicide.
? ROHYPNOL (GHB): This benzodiazepine sedative is in the same category as Xanax and Valium. But it produces strong amnesia, giving it extremely high potential for abuse. It can take effect in 10 to 20 minutes, and lasts up to two-and-a-half hours. While GHB is sometimes used to treat narcolepsy, the FDA monitors it closely because it’s often cited in “date rape” crimes. It comes in liquid or powder form.
? DARVON: This narcotic painkiller is rarely used today because of its dangerous side effects. It depresses the central nervous system and sometimes affects the respiratory tract. Taken with alcohol, it’s highly dangerous. It begins working within 30 minutes, lasting upwards of six hours. While it was withdrawn in the U.S. in 2010, it can still be found in either pill or liquid form.
? QUAALUDE: This dangerous sedative is a hypnotic drug that lowers a person’s blood pressure, breathing and pulse rate, and causes the loss of muscle control. Frequently misused for recreational purposes, it’s now banned in several countries and was discontinued in the U.S. in 1984. Its effects begin within 20 minutes and can last upwards of eight hours. It’s still found in the illegal drug market.
? “SPANISH FLY” (CANTHARIDIN): Well-known in the ’60s and ’70s as an aphrodisiac, the diluted solution was first used to remove warts. It increases blood flow to the urinary tract and genitalia, and gained popularity as a pill to enhance sexual desire. Because of its high toxicity and sometimes poison-like effects, it is now illegal to obtain.
? TORADOL: This anti-inflammatory was intended as a painkiller, but gained popularity in the 1970s as a “knockout” drug for sex play. Mixed with alcohol, it’s highly dangerous and has serious side effects, including gastrointestinal bleeding. Doctors seldom use it today.