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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Date-Rape Drug Ban

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico () -- U.S. President Bill Clinton signed a bill Sunday outlawing Rohypnol and other "date-rape drugs" used by rapists to incapacitate their victims.


For the first time, using a drug as a weapon is illegal under the new law and rapists could be subject to an additional 20 years in prison. Supporters argue that dropping a pill in a victim's drink is just as nefarious as putting a knife to her throat.


The new law provides for a 20-year sentence for the use of an illegal drug as a tool of rape or other violent crime, as well as possession, manufacture or distribution of an illegal drug with intent to use it in commission of a violent crime. Simple possession of Rohypnol, with no proven intent, carries up to three years in prison.