All of us ladies like to think that every time we go out to the bars we are on our “A Game.” We dress up and look hot as fuck, start drinking and get a sweet buzz going. We shamelessly flirt with the sexy bartender or fraternity president at the local bar, and before we know it, we let our guard down. That’s when bad shit happens.
My mom always warned me about roofies but I never really paid attention. Roofies always seemed like one of those taboo topics that I had heard about but never really thought existed. Kind of like hazing or ugly frat guys. The truth is all these things actually exist. Speaking from personal experience, the fucked up thing is that the second you think you’re immune to getting roofied, it becomes more likely to happen to you. Getting roofied was one of the worst experiences of my life. Because of this, I believe it’s so important for girls to be educated and aware when going out to party. Here’s a few facts and tricks to keep what happened to me from happening to you.
Basic facts about roofies: The most common “date rape” drug or roofie is called Rohypnol. Rohypnol is a colorless, tasteless, odorless drug that is commonly slipped into alcoholic drinks. Effects of this drug include loss of control of movements, feeling drunk (without having had much to drink), difficulty talking, dizziness, confusion, upset stomach, and feeling hung-over. (Think combination of worst hangover of your life, crossed with the flu, crossed with getting hit in the head with a baseball bat.)
*Although Rohypnol is the most commonly seen Roofie other common date rape drugs include GHB and Ketamine.
Now that you know a little bit about these drugs, it’s time to talk about how to prevent getting roofied. Although many different roofies are colorless, odorless, and tasteless, there are ways to prevent the drugs from making it into your drink in the first place.
1. Only accept drinks you have ordered from the bartender yourself.
If an unknown guy buys you a drink you can “excuse yourself to the bathroom” and ask the bartender to make you the same drink and trade him the one the stranger bought you. That way if the stranger has good intentions he wont be offended and you still get a safe drink.
2. Hold your drink from the top.
Keeping your fingers on the rim and hang over the top makes it harder for someone to slip anything in while you’re holding it.
3. Do NOT for ANY REASON leave your drink unattended.
4. Be aware of obvious signs of tampering.
Drink being moved, straw missing or added, more liquid than u remember, bubbling or fizzing, etc.
5. Open cans/bottles yourself at parties.
If some random guy opens one for you, just act like you don’t like that beer, and grab yourself a different one.
6. Don’t drink anything that tastes “off.”
GHB (another common date rape drug) is known for its salty taste.
7. If someone offers to buy you a drink, go with them to the bar to order.
Get to know them better and make sure they don’t mess with your beverage. Win-win.
Your mom wasn’t lying when she said it’s a big scary world out there. Please remember to have each other’s backs, watch out for your friends, and always be on the lookout. That being said, cheers to safe partying..
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