October 20, 2012
Teacher arrested for allegedly possessing 'date rape' drug
By QMI Agency
MONTREAL - Police arrested a high school math teacher last week for allegedly possessing $250,000 of GHB in his home, a narcotic commonly referred to as the "date rape" drug.
Police said they investigated Michel Vincent, 37, for a few weeks before they arrested him on Oct. 12. Police said they found 55 litres of the drug in his home, an amount that represented about 50,000 doses.
Vincent teaches at André-Laurendeau high school in Longueuil, Q.C., on Montreal's south shore.
GHB is often sold as a clear liquid. The drug depresses the central nervous system, according to Health Canada. The health agency says that GHB is particularly dangerous because its effects on the body are unpredictable and "the amount that produces the desired pleasurable effects is close to the amount that can cause an overdose."
Health Canada says the drug lowers people's inhibitions and can make people feel relaxed, euphoric, sedated and sleepy. "Its sedative effects have been used to prevent victims from resisting sexual assault. For this reason, it can be referred to as a 'date rape' drug," Health Canada warns on its website.
The spokeswoman for the school board that employs Vincent said he was suspended pending the police investigation.
"When the conclusions of the investigation are known, then (the school board) will take the necessary measures against this person," Catherine Giroux told QMI Agency.
Vincent is expected to appear in court on Monday for a bail hearing.