Date rape drugs are any substance that renders you incapable of saying no or asserting yourself and can be used to commit rape. Examples include Rohypnol (roofies), Ketamine and GHB.
The following personal security tips can make the difference between a fun night out with friends and becoming a victim of crime:
- Don't accept open drinks (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) from others who you do not know or do not trust; this includes drinks that come in a glass.
- When in bars or clubs always get your drink directly from the bartender and do not take your eyes off the bartender or your order; don't use the waitress or let somebody go to the bar for you.
- At parties, only accept drinks in unopened containers: bottles, cans or tetra packs.
- Never leave your drink unattended or turn your back on your table.
- Do not drink from open beverage sources like punch bowls, pitchers or tubs.
- Keep your eyes and ears open; if there is talk of date rape drugs or if friends seem "too intoxicated" for what they have consumed, leave the party or club immediately and don't go back.
- Go out with trusted friends and look out for each other. If you or a friend feel dizzy, confused or have other unexplained symptoms, get to a safe place immediately. Do not leave your intoxicated friend alone in the company of strangers. Call a friend, family member, Trent Campus Security (on campus) or 911. If you think you have been drugged, go directly to a hospital emergency room. Most sedating drugs are eliminated by the body within 24 hours.