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Dzuunmod
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Here's a scary thought: drug companies being held responsible when someone uses their products to in rape cases. As you would expect, although the linked article is from Australia, the line of thought originated in America.

Does anyone out there like this? Although I hate to use this logic, drugs don't rape people, people rape people. Trying to get drugs off the street is one thing, but you can't fault drug makers (just as you can't fault other corporations) for what others do with their products.

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The one exception I might make to this, however, would be if companies were dishonest with the public about what their products do, such as cigarette companies allegedly were.

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Confused boy
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Well I am not one to defend companies all that often but in this case the suggested legistastion is... rather contentious to say the least. I suppose there should be careful regulation of sleeping drugs, and powerful ones should be perscribed with care. But this seems to be taking it far too far.

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Heather
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Oh, is this dicey. Can we then sue, say all comapnies who produce alchol in rapes in which rapists were inebriated? If a rapist is say, taking Ritalin for ADD when he or she rapes, is Ritalin responisble? Can we sue McDonald's for giving people high cholestorol which may agitate them, make them unhealthy, and then in someone's mind be a rape-contributor? Egad.

I'm with you, Dzuun. People rape, not drugs, and what we put into our bodies is usually of our own choosing. The only way I could see a valid case for this was in the event that a given drug company PROMOTED their drug, or expressly created it for the purpose of sexual assault or to aid in assault, or if the drug was administred BY the company TO the rapist against his or her will. Like that's going to happen.

We're too litigious of a culture as it is, and we often shoot ourselves in the foot with it, IMO. Our energies regarding rape should be channeled into working on offenders to work on social and cultural issues which contribute to rape, so in the case of drug use, working to find the WHY of why drugs may be used, and we aren't going to find that by suing drug companies, or by suing anyone, for that matter.

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i think it's absurd to sue the drug manufacturers in these cases because clearly, the perpetrator of the assault was not using the drug as directed. in the united states, this is technically against the law. No drug may be used for purposes for which the FDA has not granted approval -- this means if dandruff shampoo cures genital warts, doctors technically can't prescribe the shampoo for the warts unless the FDA approves its use as a wart rememdy.

I can only guss there are similar laws in Canada and other parts of the world. since there aren't any drugs expressly approved for the purpose of sedation and assault, then any of these date-rapes that employed drugs are all blatant abuses of the drug. the drug was used in a manner not authorized by the drug company or government agency (FDA for example), therefore, the drug company should be exonerated from any liability in the assault.

am i coherent here, like was my point conveyed okay?

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KittenGoddess
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I do think it sounds absurd to sue the drug companies for something like that. And I'm sure that in some part it's simply precipitated by greed on the part of some individuals involved in the situation.

However, as unreasonable as it may be, some people do sue for a legitimate reason (albeit they sue the wrong person/company). It's as simple as medical bills. Medical bills are hugely expensive, especially if you're figuring in psych bills and perscription drugs. That money has to come from somewhere, and if you don't have insurance or your insurance isn't enough or the money you gain in a law suit against your attacker won't cover it, then where do you get it? You sue somebody who can afford to lose a bit. No, it's not necessarily right, but I think those are the breaks sometimes. This happens on a regular basis in auto accidents and other such tramatic events that get highly expensive.

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quote:
Originally posted by KittenGoddess:
However, as unreasonable as it may be, some people do sue for a legitimate reason (albeit they sue the wrong person/company).

A very good point, Kitto. But the fact that the people sue the wrong person or company would sort of negate the legitimacy of their claim, wouldn't it?

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Oh I quite agree, Danny. That does certainly negate the legitimacy of the claim itself. I guess my point was just that when you've got bills, especially medical bills, the money has to come from somewhere. Right or wrong, sometimes you just gotta pick somebody to try to get the cash from.
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Surely that is a terrible flaw in the health system.

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please excuse my ignorance, and perhaps straying off topic a little, but what is rohypnol actually for? it must be marketed for something legitemate, but i've only ever herd of it as a 'date-rape drug'.
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Flunitrazepam (rohypnol) was developed in Europe as a more potent seditive than diazapam (Valium) for short term treatment of insomnia and as a preanesthetic medication. It has never been approved by the FDA for prescription sale in the United States. Some information can be found about it here. You can also find out more about this drug using the Google search engine which I highly recommend for anyone reseaching a topic on the internet.

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