Boston police warn of spike in drink consumption and ‘roofie’ drugs in early summer


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Boston police issued a warning Monday citing “numerous social media posts” from various people claiming to have experienced alcohol spikes at local bars over Memorial Day weekend.

The Boston Police Department issued a statement reminding the public of “the dangerousness of odorless, colorless, and tasteless drugs” such as Rohypnol, also known as roofie, or other drugs such as GHB (gamma-acid). hydroxybutyric acid) or ketamine, “being placed in the drinks of unsuspecting victims.”

“These drugs and substances can cause disorientation, confusion, temporary paralysis or loss of consciousness along with a host of other symptoms, leaving the potential victim vulnerable to the suspect’s intentions,” the department said, urging anyone who thinks they are a victim to call 911 or report the incident in person at any Boston police station.

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Fans attend the Game On bar at Fenway Park on May 29, 2021.
(Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

The police department urged people congregating in social settings to use the buddy system, remember drinks are served directly by a bartender or server, and watch drinks at all times, including taking them to the toilet if necessary. The warning said to use your hand or other objects to cover drinks and to test drinks with test strips or fingernail polish that light up a certain color if they detect drugs.

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People are urged to get help immediately if they begin to feel dizzy, nauseous, dizzy or strange in any way. Police said you should “be aware of any unusual behavior by acquaintances and be wary of strangers trying to lead individuals away from their friends”.

Bar patrons before a game between the Boston Red Sox and Miami Marlins on May 29, 2021 at Fenway Park in Boston.

Bar patrons before a game between the Boston Red Sox and Miami Marlins on May 29, 2021 at Fenway Park in Boston.
(Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

The department said to contact police after observing anyone who appears to be in distress, wandering alone late at night or dressed inappropriately for the weather.

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Boston police also took note of the November 2021 advisory issued by the City of Boston Licensing Board regarding safety concerns for owners of nightclubs and other licensed establishments.


The notice states that it is the company’s responsibility to ensure that it is safe for customers and free from illegal activities. It also says licensees should call 911 or notify police “to report suspicious or predatory behavior and when a problematic or severely intoxicated guest is evicted.”


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