It may not happen when you’re at a restaurant or when you’re at the local burger joint. But there are many instances of people spiking the drinks of others in order to make them vulnerable. Your drink has been spiked when someone else has poured alcohol or another drug into your drink. Often, the drug used in your drink makes you feel sleepy or tired, which would make you vulnerable to sexual assault or theft.
Spiking someone’s drink is commonly used for date rape. And there are common drugs used to spike a person’s drink for this reason. Date rape drugs include GHB, tranquilizers, and ketamine. Although frequently abused, GHB is used to treat narcolepsy, a sleep disorder which causes frequent sleepiness and daytime sleep attacks. It is a depressant that has the positive effects of tranquility, increased sexual drive, and euphoria. However, it can come with some negative side effects as well. Tranquilizers can be used to sedate someone. Ketamine is an anesthetic that leads to experiences of distorted perception, detachment from the environment, and a detachment from oneself.
Here are some tips for protecting your drink from getting spiked and staying safe:
- –Never leave your drink unattended.
- —Say NO to alcohol. Have water or soda instead.
- –Don’t let other people hand you drinks.
- –Do not accept a drink from someone you do not know.
- –Don’t share drinks.
- –Take your drink with you wherever you go, even when you go to the bathroom.
- –Don’t drink from punch bowls or other large, common, open containers. They may already have drugs in them.
- –Make sure you’re drinking with someone you trust.
- –Don’t drink anything that tastes, looks, or smells strange.
- –Don’t accept drinks that are already open. Even a soft drink can get spiked.
- –Be aware of the behavior of your friends. If they appear much more drunk then they should be, you may have reason to be concerned about them.
- –Don’t ever leave a party with a stranger or an acquaintance. And don’t let your friends leave with a stranger or someone they do not know very well.
- –Always go to a party, club, or concert with someone you trust, such as a close friend.
These are suggestions for protecting yourself from drink spiking. If you’re ever in a situation in which you suspect you or your friend has ingested a drug, call the police immediately. It is illegal to spike someone’s drink and there could be legal consequences for the suspect.
If you start tasting a drink and it tastes funny, stop drinking it. If you feel uncoordinated, dizzy or lightheaded, get help right away. The most dangerous part of having your drink spiked is if you begin to feel unwell and leave the event to feel better. The offender may be watching and take advantage of the fact that you’ve just left the party alone. If you pass out while alone, the offender may have the right opportunity to steal from you or take advantage of you.
To avoid this entirely, protect yourself using the tips above. Or better, don’t drink at all and stay away from events where you feel spiking might take place.
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