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Tip #22 – Date Rape Drugs: Campus Safety Awareness Month 9/22/11

Sometimes the bad guys put substances in the punch bowl or into a drink at a party, bar or club to make a the target of a sexual assault dazed, confused and unable to resist.  These are called date rape drugs and they can be odorless, colorless and tasteless, so you might not know if something has been added to your drink.  They can also be very dangerous.  Feeling woozy or drunk without having had too much to drink is one of the most common symptoms that you may have been slipped something.  If you’re with friends, find them immediately and have them take you to the hospital or call a cab and go on your own. 

 

To avoid this as much as possible, always try to get your own drink or watch it being poured.  Be careful about drinking from a communal punch bowl and don’t drink or taste anyone else’s drink, especially if you don’t know the person very well.  If your drink tastes odd for any reason, dispose of it and get another one that you are sure is untainted.  Try not to leave your drink unattended, but if you have to for some reason, carry a Date Rape Drink Coaster or a similar product and test it.  It’s simple to do.  Crime Prevention 101

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