THE Fiji Police Force has revealed that pharmaceutical drugs, if not used for its intended purpose, could be classified as date rape drugs and be used to facilitate sexual offences.
Given the rise in sexual offence cases in the country, police say these drugs could be a contributing factor.
The revelation comes as police continue the hunt for the suspect who is alleged to have raped a 39-year-old woman by overdosing her with some pills during a drinking party earlier in the week in Labasa.
Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said medical tests have confirmed the woman was overdosed with some pills.
Crime Prevention and Community Policing co-ordinator Inspector Anare Masitabua said the pharmaceutical drugs could have the same potent effects of illegal drugs.
“What we would like to tell members of the public is to be aware that these drugs can have the same effects as methamphetamine,” he said. “This could be a contributing factor to sexual offences in the country. Date rape drugs is a name used for drugs used to facilitate sexual assault.”
According to Insp Masitabua, pseudoephedrine, rohypnol and other anaesthetic drugs or tranquilisers could be used in a sexual assault.
“These drugs if not handled well could be used to spike people’s drinks,” he said.