Protocol to detect rape-drug use to be launched in hospitals

Scheme developed at Marbella hospital now to be expanded to others in Málaga province

Drugs can be slipped into drinks to make victims susceptible to sexual assault or robbery

A PROTOCOL developed by Marbella’s Costa del Sol hospital to detect the use of so-called rape-drugs – substances that can be put into a person’s drink to leave them dopey and susceptible to being taken advantage of sexually or robbed – is now to be extended to other principal public health hospitals in the province.

As reported in January of this year, the Costa del Sol hospital worked together with law enforcement and forensic medicine specialists to develop the protocol, the first of its kind in Andalucía. Officials are now preparing to  introduced it at Hospital Clínico and Hospital Materno Infantil in Málaga city and the regional hospitals in Ronda, the Axarquía and Antequera.

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