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Government orders urgent review of date rape drugs

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 08 January 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m51
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

The UK government has asked the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) to urgently review the classification and scheduling of γ-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), γ-butyrolactone (GBL), and closely related compounds after the sentencing of a prolific rapist.

Reynhard Sinaga is thought to have used GHB to incapacitate young men before raping or sexually assaulting them in his Manchester flat. The mature student, …

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