Trinka Porrata

President, Project GHB Board

Trinka Porrata has experience in both journalism and law enforcement, with expertise in sexual assaults, child abuse and narcotics, especially the “trendy drugs of abuse” (those used at rave parties, in the club scene and as weapons of rape).  Porrata retired from the Los Angeles Police Department in 1999 as a supervisor in street narcotics squads.  During the last 3 ½ years at LAPD, Porrata became a nationally recognized expert on flunitrazepam (Rohypnol or roofies), gamma hydroxy butyrate (GHB), MDMA (Ecstasy), ketamine (Special K) and LSD.  Since retiring, Trinka has provided training, consultation and expert testimony on drug issues nationwide and internationally.  She has been interviewed worldwide about drug abuse and speaks to high school and college groups, parents, law enforcement, medical personnel, prosecutors and counselors.  Porrata maintains the Project GHB Addiction Helpline via the site.  She is the editor of the new edition of Law Tech’s Drug ID & Symptoms Guide, 2007, and editor/author of Project GHB’s unique book “G’d Up 24/7: The GHB Addiction Guide,” also by Law Tech, 2007.  She has published articles in various magazines/journals and has authored chapters in other books as well.She wrote the basic script for “Just A Routine Traffic Stop,” a training film about prescription drug diversion, produced by the Drug Enforcement Administration (won five national awards) in 1998. She also wrote the script for and narrated a video on awareness/prevention of drug-facilitated sexual assaults.  Her article entitled “Our Nation’s Exploding Drug Crisis,” was published in California Narcotics Officers Association magazine August 1999. Her article entitled, “A Killer on the Loose,” was published in the California Highway Patrol magazine August 1997. An article on GHB appeared in the IACP magazine May 2000.  She wrote an article entitled “GHB—Forever Changing the Fabric of Sexual Assault Investigations,” in the Sexual Assault Report (Jan/Feb 2000, Vol. 3, #3. She has also produced/marketed Power Point presentations on club drugs and one on investigating drug-facilitated sexual assaults, and a presentation for high school and college students (also sold through Project GHB). She co-authored a chapter on the drugs used in sexual assault in “Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault Handbook,” Academic Press, published 2000. Her training materials have been reprinted extensively and made available in training sessions for thousands of officers and other professionals.  Her booklet, “While You Were Sleeping,” walks you through a GHB trip and was entered in the Congressional Record by Texas Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee during the testimony to pass federal legislation regarding GHB and its analogs.

Porrata has been interviewed by news media extensively.  She appeared in a documentary entitled “Better Living Through Circuitry” about RAVEs and has been on Good Morning America, 20/20, NBC Nightly News, EXTRA, Dateline, twice on the Leeza Show, three times on The Montel Show, plus the Maureen O’Boyle Show and numerous other news interviews. She was interviewed by France’s CAPA TV and appeared on the 60 Minutes Show of the United Kingdom. She has assisted other shows re various drugs as well.  One of the earliest interviews resulted in the History Channel 3-part series “Hooked” which is still aired at least a few times each year.  She has been quoted in numerous articles, including ones by USA Today, US News & World Report, Newsweek, Detroit News, LA Times and NY Daily News, Philadelphia Enquirer, Family Circle, Seventeen & Glamour magazines, Reader’s Digest, Matrix, Heath, etc.

Porrata also testifies as an expert witness in certain drug related cases and provides consultation on drug-related matters.

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