HOW HE DID IT: Bill Cosby’s Forbidden Date-Rape Drug

Here’s what happens if you take the forbidden pills Bill Cosby called ‘friends to help you relax’

  • Bill Cosby has been found guilty of penetrating Andrea Constand with his fingers against her will.
  • Cosby was accused of giving sedative drugs to women he wanted to have sex with.
  • Here are the potential drugs he used and the effects they have.

(Erin Brodwin, Business Insider) Shortly before Bill Cosby sexually assaulted Andrea Constand, she said, he passed her three blue pills that he called “friends to help you relax.”

On Thursday, Cosby was found guilty in a Pennsylvania court on three counts of aggravated indecent assault. He faces up to 30 years in prison.

To strengthen Constand’s case against Cosby, prosecutors in the trial used information that he’d previously admitted about those pills and their role in his sexual encounters.

Cosby said in an earlier deposition that the pills were Benadryl. But prosecutors in his sexual-assault trial suggested there was reason to believe the drugs were something else.

In testimony given last year, Cosby acknowledged that decades ago he got seven prescriptions for sedative drugs called quaaludes to give to women he wanted to have sex with.

A toxicologist testified that both drugs could have sedative effects that would make a user feel foggy-headed or sleepy.

After Cosby gave Constand the pills at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004, she said, he penetrated her with his fingers against her will.

She felt so limp, according to her deposition, that she could not push him away or tell him to stop.

Quaaludes are powerful sedatives that are now illegal.

[According to drugs,com, “Quaaludes that are sold for recreational use now are synthesized in illegal laboratories. Illegally produced Quaaludes can contain other central nervous system depressants such as benzodiazepines.” – Editor]

By suppressing the central nervous system, quaaludes slow breathing and heart rate, often making users feel relaxed or sedated.

The effects are similar to those of modern so-called date-rape drugs like “roofies” or Rohypnol, which that did not exist when most of Cosby’s accusers say he assaulted them. Read the full story at Business Insider.

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