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Date Rape Drug Suspected in Death

January 18, 1999

GROSSE ILE, Mich. (AP) _ A 15-year-old girl died after drinking alcohol that police believe was laced with a date rape drug.

Police Chief William Barron said the girl and two others went with three boys to an apartment complex Saturday night. Barron said two of the girls had drinks, and soon after, the 15-year-old started vomiting. She died Sunday.

Her name was not released. The other girl, who turns 15 on Tuesday, was in stable condition Monday.

An autopsy was being performed on the 15-year-old.

Barron said investigators believe the girls’ drinks had been laced with gamma-hydroxybutyrate, or GHB, which is known as a date rape drug because it has been used to render women helpless against sexual advances.

It can cause euphoria and, in higher doses, breathing problems, seizures, coma and death. In 1997, the Food and Drug Administration blamed GHB for at least three deaths.

Police were questioning one of the girls’ companions.

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