Everyone has heard the stories. A girl goes out with a group of friends, or with a prospective boyfriend, and turns her head away for just long enough to allow someone to slip something into her drink. She begins to feel dizzy and eventually passes out, only to wake up in a stranger’s bed or worse. These drugs, commonly referred to as “roofies”, have become extremely commonplace in our society as a method for making someone engage in sexual activity against their will. That doesn’t mean, however, that you have to become one of the cautionary tales that we tell young women. Follow these guidelines and you can protect yourself from becoming a victim.
- Don’t leave your drink alone. The three main date rape drugs, Rohypnol, Gama-hydroxybutyrate, and Ketamine are all colorless and odorless. This makes them easy to mix with drinks without them ever being detected. The best way to prevent from being drugged is to make sure that you never accept a drink from a stranger and to always keep your drink with you and in your line of sight. Leaving it unsupervised gives someone the chance to sneak something in it that you won’t know about it until it’s too late. If you do choose to look away from your drink, place the top of your hand over the opening of the cup.
- Check for signs that suggest your drink has been tampered with. Was your drink in that spot before you left the room? Was your drink that color when you first ordered it? Was it carbonated or cloudy? If you can’t answer any of these questions with 100% certainty, then it is a good idea to get rid of it and get another one. Signs such as bubbling, color changes, or obvious movement of the drink from one place to another are red flags that you should never ignore. Drug detecting products like Undercover Colors nail polish stickers are currently being developed to help you determine whether or not your drink was tampered with.
- Drink slowly and be wary of flavor inconsistencies. Smaller sips, rather than big gulps or taking shots, will better allow you to decide whether the drink is causing any strange effects that you normally wouldn’t experience. This will also help you gauge whether or not the drink has an unusual taste, such as saltiness, which is common in the drug Gama-hydroxybutyrate.
Follow these guidelines and you will have plenty of safe nights out with your friends and amazing dates with your future boyfriend!