At least Date Rape Drugs at Auburn are taken seriously!

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Spiking girls champagne drinks in bar.

Auburn University in 2015 had a scandal when one of its professors was manufacturing and distributing GBH, a date rape drug. It immediately issued an alert to its students warning them of the dangers.

The university provided the following tips to avoid being drugged:

  • Don’t accept drinks from other people or share drinks, and always open drink containers yourself.
  • Don’t drink from punch bowls or other common, open containers.
  • If someone offers to get you a drink from a bar or at a party, go with the person to order your drink.  Watch the drink being poured and carry it yourself.
  • Don’t drink anything that tastes, looks, or smells strange.  Sometimes, date rape drugs may taste salty.
  • Look out for each other and speak up if something seems suspicious.
  • Keep your drink with you at all times and don’t let it out of your sight, even when you go to the bathroom.
  • If you realize that you left your drink unattended, pour it out.
  • If you feel drunk and you haven’t consumed any alcohol, or if you feel like the effects of drinking alcohol are stronger than usual, stop drinking and get help right away.

Auburn University advises students to follow these steps if they believe they have been drugged:

  • Report the incident to the police at 911 or 334-501-3100.  If you don’t report it, it can’t be investigated.
  • Get get medical attention and get tested right away.  Some date rape drugs, such as GHB, can only be detected in urine from 3-12 hours after the drug is consumed. 
  • Call 911 or have a trusted friend take you to the East Alabama Medical Center emergency room.  During daytime hours, students can go to the Auburn University Medical Clinic. 
  • Do not urinate before going to the hospital or medical clinic, if at all possible.  If you cannot wait, collect your urine in a clean container and bring it with you for testing.  Although it may not be able to be used for evidence, it can be tested to help you know if you consumed a date rape drug.
  • If you are a survivor of drugging or sexual assault, contact Safe Harbor at 334-844-7233 for access to support services on campus and more information on your options.

Auburn’s policy on a “Drug Free Campus” also addresses GHB.

The University of Alabama’s “Drug Free Campus and Workplace Policy” has no mention of “date rape drugs.”

Perhaps, with the publicity about Megan Rondini and the possible use of GHB, the University of Alabama should include “date rape drugs” among the substances it has included in its policy? For that matter the use of “date rape drugs” is a national phenomena on college campuses. Tuscaloosa should catch up to “The Loveliest Village On The Plains” by making University students aware of GHB and other such drugs.

 

 

 

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