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Detection of substances like GHB offered in all emergency rooms in Quebec

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Quebec authorities say that these kits will make it easier for victims of unknowing poisoning to report sexual attackers to the police and, above all, to better support them. (Archive photo)

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All classrooms The emergency services of the Quebec health network are now equipped with kits to detect traces of intoxication with psychoactive substances in urine, including gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB), commonly known as the date rape drug.

The Quebec authorities claim that these kits will make it easier for victims of unknowing intoxication to report sexual attackers to the police and, above all, better support them.

Any person who believes they have been poisoned can now go to triage for any emergency, in all regions of Quebec, and request a legal urine kit. To benefit from this kit, the intoxication must have occurred within the previous 48 hours, because after this period, it becomes more difficult to detect the substances that may have been used by the author of the intoxication .

The test can detect more than 200 intoxicants, including GHB, but the detection window varies from substance to substance. #x27;other. For example, GHB remains detectable within 10 to 12 hours of intoxication.

In addition to the kit offering, each victim will be supported to facilitate the reporting process. She will first be informed of the possibility of filing a police report, if the test turns out to be positive, and available resources will be able to help her.

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