BOSTON (WHDH) — Boston police are investigating after a worrying surge of people took to social media claiming they were drugged at local bars.
Security attorney Melanie Hubbard was part of the group sounding the drug drink alert.
“Just like scrolling through Facebook, I was like, ‘Oh my god. It happens a lot,’” she explained. “It keeps happening in the same places in and around Boston.”
Using TikTok and Facebook, Hubbard has warned others about the dangers that may lurk in local bars. It also provides a platform for others to share their personal stories and share safety tips.
“It’s less about blaming the establishments and more about knowing what’s going on with your patrons in those bars,” she explained.
Hubbard’s awareness campaign comes as the Boston Police Department issued a new alert. It says, in part, “The Boston Police Department has become aware of numerous social media posts from various individuals stating that they have been victims of drink spikes at local bars.”
Investigators are urging anyone who thinks they have been drugged to report it.
Date-rape drugs like Rohypnol — better known as “roofie” — are odorless, tasteless, and colorless. They cause disorientation, confusion, and even temporary paralysis.
“It’s not just young women, it’s people of all ages and genders, and everyone needs to be safe,” Hubbard said.
To stay safe, bar-goers are urged to:
· Make sure your drink is served directly by the bartender or waiter. Don’t allow anyone you don’t know or trust to order and deliver drinks.
· Watch your drink at all times. Never leave a drink unattended.
· If necessary, take your drink with you to the toilet.
· Cover your drink with your hand when not looking at it.
· Test a drink with test strips or nail polish that light up a certain color when they detect drugs.
· Get help right away if you feel dizzy, sick, light-headed, or in any way strange.
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