The title says it all.

Why did Venkman have sedatives on his date with Dana?

A syringe full of Thorazine is not a normal thing to carry, especially on a date.

  • I thought it was in her apartment? Am I misremembering that?
    – Nerrolken
    Oct 30 '14 at 21:45
  • @Nerrolken It was her apartment, but I don't think Venkman found the Thorazine there.
    – numaroth
    Oct 30 '14 at 21:48
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    So we're not even going to mention that he gave her enough thorazine to literally kill a herd of elephants?
    – Valorum
    Oct 30 '14 at 22:20
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    @numaroth - 300CC would be enough to lethally dose around 6000 people. Even if we're generous and assume that he meant miligrams, that would still be 6-7 times a lethal dose.
    – Valorum
    Oct 30 '14 at 22:25
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    "A syringe full of Thorazine is not a normal thing to carry" Being a Ghostbuster is not a normal job either, to be fair. Not entirely sure it's reasonable to subject them to standard ideas about what is and isn't normal to carry. Oct 31 '14 at 10:56

The official Richard Mueller novelisation describes him hunting around in her apartment for medical supplies. Quite why she has powerful sedatives on hand isn't explained in any detail although someone who lives in "spook central" could feasibly be suffering from insomnia, hearing voices, mild paranoia or migraines, all of which are treatable with Thorazine:

Dana Barrett still floated above the bed while Peter Venkman rummaged through the drawers of her dresser. "She’s an artist", he thought. "She’s got to have some Valium somewhere."

It's worth noting that Louis was buying painkillers by the bucketload to deal with his headaches.

“I have acetylsalicylic acid but I get the generic from Walgreen’s cause I can get six hundred tablets for thirty-five percent less than the cost of three hundred of the name brand. Do you have a headache?”

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    Now I think of it, this makes much more sense than Venkman somehow having Thorazine on him. It's a prescription-only drug so he would have to be an MD to get any through legitimate channels, having "PhDs in parapsychology and psychology" is unlikely to be enough. Oct 31 '14 at 10:55
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    @RoyalCanadianBandit Legal channels? This is Venkman we're talking about.
    – Zibbobz
    Oct 31 '14 at 13:30
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    Oh Downvoter, your constant downvoting is beginning to irk me.
    – Valorum
    Nov 1 '14 at 20:00
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    @Hack-R - Reading the screenplay again, I'm thinking that the implication was that both Dana and Louis were suffering from mental state changes brought on by psychic trauma, his characterised by mania and headaches, hers by migraines, tiredness and mild hallucinations. Somewhere between the screenplay and the screen, that got lost.
    – Valorum
    Nov 9 '16 at 23:28
  • @hack-r - The word bucketload is a word
    – Valorum
    Nov 10 '16 at 0:24

I always figured Dana had some sort of psychosis diagnosis and had the Thorazine on hand to treat that. Venkman probably exaggerated the dosage when talking about it, because he's "like a game show host."

  • Can you provide anything from the source material that may suggest Dana needs the Thorazine for medical reasons?
    – Edlothiad
    Jul 11 '18 at 19:39

Well folks we are reading a bit much into the movie , but if we are gonna indulge in fantasy , Dr Venkman holds a degree in Psychology and para Psychology so he should have legal access to Thorazine , the why he had it on him going to date , well in the opening scene of the movie he demonstrated his deprivation by attempting to diddle a student , so his ethics were already in question , I always laughed at that scene because it’s just plain funny . The line “ she’s gonna take a nap for a while “ people she would be DEAD .

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    What makes you think Venkman brought the Thorazine to the apartment though, when Valorum's answer -- which is backed up by the official novelisation -- suggests he found it while searching the apartment for Valium? Aug 8 at 1:25

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