Drug Bill Cosby Gave Women Still Sold On The Dark Net

Quaaludes, which Bill Cosby admitted under oath to having given at least one woman, are now illegal, but it and other "date-rape drugs" can still be purchased on dark net markets

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Jul 07, 2015 at 4:11 PM ET

The popularity of quaaludes, the drug Bill Cosby testifed in 2005 that he gave women, allegedly in order to force himself on them, has fallen off dramatically since its heyday in the 1970s and 1980s, but it and several other substances sometimes used as “date-rape drugs” can still be found in a thriving dark net market.

The easiest to obtain and most popular of those drugs on dark net markets is Gamma-hydroxybutyrate, known as GHB or “G,” which can be purchased as crystals, pills or a concentrated liquid. It is frequently discussed on the dark net by people who say they use it recreationally.

Dark net dealers particularly across Europe and North America are also peddling Rohypnol, or “roofies,” while at least four dealers appear to be selling Quaaludes, a Vocativ analysis found. Production of Quaaludes has declined since the 1980s—it was withdrawn from the U.S. market in the early part of that decade, and then classified as a Schedule I drug, meaning it is illegal even to prescribe. But on the dark net, many people from South Africa talk about using it as a party drug.

Similarly, people discussing GHB and Rohypnol on the internet typically do so in the context of recreational uses, not date rape. But there is discussion of the other purpose to which they are sometimes put. One Reddit user, NSMGreat, claimed to sell GHB, and to have refused to sell it to a potential customer who asked how much to give to someone in order to rape them.

Other dealers are selling manuals that explain how to make rape drugs from common chemical compounds.

Vocativ’s analysis discovered that most of the dark net vendors selling the drugs are in Germany and the Netherlands.

Read More:

Where Drugs on the Dark Net Come From (Vocativ)
The “Responsible High” That Is Also A Rape Drug (Buzzfeed)