The Boston Police Department is warning St. Patrick’s Day partiers to be cautious of drug-spiked alcoholic drinks throughout the festivities.
“While the BPD encourages everyone to look out for each other when gathered in social settings by creating a ‘buddy system’ to prevent getting separated, there are steps you can take on your own to help ensure your personal safety,” the division wrote in a press release.
The risk are the “scentless, colorless, and tasteless” medication for “date-rape” or “drug-facilitated sexual assault.”
A seminal research on the phenomenon by the National Criminal Justice Reference Service discovered that in 2007, 2.3% of girls within the U.S. reported being raped this manner after involuntary use of the medication and much more, 2.8%, reported being raped after voluntary use.
Most any drug — particularly sleep aids and tranquilizers — might do the trick of creating a “potential victim vulnerable to the intentions of the suspect,” however the utilization right here normally refers to occasion medication, like Rohypnol, GHB and ketamine being secreted right into a goal’s drink.
Authorities advocate taking a proactive method to monitoring one’s drink, from the second it’s of their possession — which must be straight from a bartender or server — to its final drop.
Don’t ignore your drink and preserve it lined up, maybe with a hand, while you’re not watching it and even be happy to take it to the lavatory with you. Special check strips, and even new nail polish designed to work the identical method, can be utilized to point in case your drink has any medication in it.
But don’t go it alone, authorities advocate. Talk it over with your mates and ensure they’re watching out for you and also you’re watching out for them.