Police say 'date rape drug' stolen from Halifax hospital

Philip Croucher comments@cbpost.com
Published on August 21, 2014

People outside the Charles V. Keating Emergency and Trauma Centre at the QEII Health and Sciences Centre in this file photo.        

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Police in Halifax are warning the public about a narcotic drug that has been stolen from the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, one that can be used to facilitate sexual assault.

Halifax Regional Police say on Aug. 14, police were contacted by QEII officials about several vials of narcotics going missing from various floors at the hospital.

Police say at least 16 vials of the drug Midazolam are believed to have been stolen since Aug. 1.

According to police, Midazolam is is a type of benzodiazepine drug that can be used as a "date rape drug" to facilitate sexual assault.

Benzodiazepine also comes in other forms, police say.

Police are reminding the public to take extra caution to reduce the chance of someone slipping a drug into your drink, and if they believe they have been a victim of sexual assault through the "date rape drug", to call police.