Drunk of Drugged: Spotting the Symptoms of Date Rape Drugs

Drunk or Drugged? Spotting the Symptoms to Watch For

Editor’s Note: This article contains material that may make survivors of drug-facilitated crimes feel uncomfortable or trigger flashbacks of their situation. Reader discretion is advised.

When you’re out drinking with friends and having a wonderful time, it’s easy to have a few too many. Often, you only realize this after you feel the influence alcohol is having on your body.

But what happens when you feel more than drunk? How can you tell if you think you’ve been drugged? Knowing the warning signs is the first step in helping yourself or someone else who has been drugged.

Take a look at this image. It’s just a cozy couple at a bar celebrating something, right? We see this all the time when we go out, and it’s not a situation we would think twice about.

Drunk vs. Drugged: Do You Know How to Tell the Difference?

Now, take a closer look at the picture above. Do you spot what’s wrong? If you missed the capsule in his hand, we don’t blame you. A predator will do whatever they can to distract you from the danger of your situation.

Drunk or Drugged: Do You Know How to Tell the Difference?

Alcohol and date rape drugs cause many of the same effects on the body, as both cause mental and physical impairment. The main difference is how severe the impairment is on one’s body.

Drunk or Drugged: Spotting the Symptoms of Date Rape Drugs

While alcohol can severely affect someone, it often takes numerous drinks before that occurs. Drugs, on the other hand, can start affecting someone in a few minutes (depending on the type).

One of the major signs that you have been drugged is if you haven’t had alcohol but feel drunk or if you have been drinking but the impact of alcohol feels extremely strong.

Date rape drugs are very potent and they take effect very quickly. Moreover, when the drugs are mixed with alcohol, they have an even stronger effect.

Spotting the Symptoms of Date Rape Drugs

In the unfortunate chance that you or a friend falls victim to being drugged, it is extremely helpful to be able to spot the symptoms to be able to identify the situation before any harm occurs. If you ever feel that something is not right with your body, make someone aware.

For a more in-depth description of the common date rape substances, the graphic below provides descriptions and symptoms.

Drunk or Drugged: Symptom Chart

If you suspect that you or one of your friends has been drugged, get to a hospital immediately as it is always better to be safe than sorry (cliché but true). And remember, always practice safe drinking habits as a preventative measure.

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Three Ladies Became Heroes for Stopping Date Rape in it’s Tracks

One Night Out Turned These Ladies Into Heroes

Three Women Help Thwart Plot To Drug A Woman In A Santa Monica Restaurant

 

Three Women Help Thwart Plot To Drug A Woman In A Santa Monica Restaurant

Sonia Ulrich, Marla Saltzer, and Monica Kenyon were not expecting to become heroes when they set out to Happy Hour at the Fig Restaurant in Santa Monica, CA. They were having a grand evening, until Kenyon saw something that would make every parent’s blood boil.

“I was looking up and saw this guy looking completely suspicious,” Kenyon tells PEOPLE. “He seems really nervous and then I see his hands twist a little bit and I see something fall from them and into the wine glass in front of him. Immediately my thought was, ‘Oh My God’ did I just see that.”

After the group debated on what to do, the woman got up to use the restroom and Ulrich followed after her. According to a post on Ulrich’s facebook page, she approached the woman and said, “Hey! Um, this is kind of weird, but, uh, we saw the guy you were with put something in your drink.” The woman was absolutely stunned by the news. Ulrich had hoped to hear that the woman had just met the man, but she told her that he was one of her best friends.

Shortly after, Saltzer told a server what they saw. The server then informed management and security, who reviewed security footage to confirm the report. Meanwhile, the evening continued on. Saltzer noticed the man clinking his glass to the woman’s several times to get her to drink the tainted wine. The manager checked on the table, and the staff stalled the couple’s meals and bill, while they awaited the Santa Monica Police to arrive on the scene.

Michael Hsu, 24, was arrested at the restaurant by Santa Monica Police. Hsu was found with three vials of an unknown substance in his possession, one of which was empty. The substance has been sent off to examiners to determine what it is. Hsu is charged with one felony count each of administering a drug and assault with intent to commit a sex crime. He is in custody on $1 million bail.

“You hear these stories at a club but it was not the case here. It is not the boogeyman in the dark corner lurking to jump on you. It could be someone you know,” says Ulrich. Statistics from the CDC report that 1 in 5 women have been victims of rape, often by someone they know. A report in the journal Psychology of Violence, published on May 23rd, shows that episodes of drink spiking have also increased on college campuses [See: How Well Do You Know Drink Safety].

Ulrich recounted the evening’s events on her Facebook Page. The post has been shared on the social media site over 116,000 times and continues to spread.

Three Women Stop Man From Spiking Date's Drink

Photo Credit: Sonia Ulrich

Well Done Ladies! We Salute You!

 

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How Well Do You Know Drink Safety?

How Well Do You Know Drink Safety

In a recent video, JoeySalads, a Youtube personality known for conducting pranks and social experiments, performed an experiment on how important it is to know and to practice drink safety. The roofied drink social experiment video showed how easy it was to roofie a girl’s drink when she and her companions were otherwise occupied.

Drink spiking occurs when a substance is placed into a person’s drink without their knowledge. People use drink spiking as a prank or as a tool to lower the defenses of the victim to facilitate a crime. There are many substances used to spike drinks: Alcohol (being the most commonly used substance in drink spiking), gamma-Hydroxybutyrate (GHB), Rohypnol (roofie), and Ketamine (special K). These substances can have numerous and harmful effects on those who consume them such as deliriousness, unconsciousness, and loss of bodily control or ability to speak. In extreme cases, overdoses of these substances can lead to coma or death.
 

Do you know who is watching your drink?

In recent years, drink safety has become a growing concern for college-aged youth. Companies like Bloomingdale’s have come under fire for mocking this problem in it’s latest holiday catalog. The advert in which the copy reads, “Spike your best friend’s eggnog when they’re not looking,” as you can imagine, has had some serious Twitter backlash saying this problem is nothing to joke about.

Drink Spiking Advertisement from Bloomingdale's

They have since apologized saying, “In reflection of recent feedback, the copy we used in our recent catalog was inappropriate and in poor taste. Bloomingdale’s sincerely apologizes for this error in judgment.” Their advert does bring up a good point: Who do you trust to watch your drink for you when you aren’t looking? Hopefully, you don’t have a friend like this guy. But can you always trust that your friend is really watching your drink?

In the roofie experiment video, the unsuspecting victim thought her drink was safe in the hands of her friends. However, they didn’t do a very bang up job of playing drink watch dogs. While they were busy talking, Joey was easily able to slip a pill into her drink without detection. Stranger danger might seem like the most prevalent form of drink spiking, but out of the nearly 30% of incidences of drink spiking reported to the police that involved sexual assault, 4 out of 5 assailants were either friends or acquaintances of the victim.

Make sure you are leaving your drink with someone you trust, and who you know will guard your drink when you aren’t looking.

 

How to manage your risk of drink spiking

Drink spiking has become such a prevalent problem that numerous organizations have created programs to show people how to practice drink safety. Just because you don’t think you’re at risk of drink spiking, doesn’t mean you should not protect yourself. After all, you may not realize your drink has been spiked by smelling or tasting it. Here are just some of their safety suggestions for you to put into practice when you go out:

Always keep your eye on your drink. Don’t leave your drink unattended or with someone you don’t really know, like a bartender or stranger. It isn’t a bartender’s job to watch your drink, and leaving a drink with a stranger or unattended can be a risk to your safety. Only leave your drink with someone you trust or take it with you if you can. If you aren’t sure that your drink is safe, leave it and get a new one.

Avoid sharing other people’s drinks. Minesweeping* drinks at a club or party is not a good idea. Additionally, never bum or accept a drink off someone you don’t know. You never know what is in their drink, and just because someone else can handle it doesn’t mean you can. If you can’t remember what drink is yours, get a new one.

Choose unopened bottles or cans as an alternative to glass drinks. If you want to be more secure with your drink choices, order a drink that comes from a bottle, or can, that you can watch the bartender or wait staff open in front of you.

Don’t drink anything that tastes wrong to you. While some substances are odorless, colorless, and can be masked by the taste of alcohol, others can cause an odd bubbling, fizzing, or alter the color in your drink. Be sure to always trust your instincts. If you feel that something isn’t right with your drink, you might be right.

Speak up. If you see someone put something into your or someone else’s drink, alert the manager, bartender, or host immediately. You have the power to protect someone else just by speaking up if you see something.

Also, always remember to drink water to battle dehydration. Hangovers are no fun for anyone.

If you think you or a friend has had their drink spiked, be sure to alert a friend or manager about what is happening immediately. Keep a close eye on the person’s condition, and get medical attention right away if their condition worsens or they lose consciousness. Urine or blood tests can be performed within the first 24 hours to detect the presence of most drugs, and can help with police investigations of drug-facilitated crime.

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*Minesweeping – The act of grabbing a drink that has been left unattended with the intention of making it your own.