Barnstable police warn of date rape drugs used in local bars – Boston 25 News

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BARNSTABLE, Mass. – The Barnstable Police Department said it recently received complaints from bar patrons who said they experienced the effects of a date rape drug.

“It has come to our attention that there have been a few incidents that have come to our attention where people feel like they were given this date rape drug,” Police Chief Matthew Sonnabend said.

Sonnabend said there were no reports of rape or sexual assault, but his police department issued a community alert reminding people to always keep an eye on their drink. Boston police issued a similar warning in December.

“It seems like it was a problem many years ago and it’s coming back,” Sonnabend said. “This type of behavior still exists.”

Zoe Wyman, bartender at the Duck Inn Pub on Main Street, said she tries to be careful with her young customers.

“You definitely take it more seriously when you see something like this happening in your community,” Wyman said. “It’s sickening and it worries you. But it seems that my community is taking precautions to move in the right direction to prevent this from happening.

The 19th Hole Tavern on Barnstable Rd. began handing out free plastic lids for drinks last week.

“My Cup condoms are now available at the 19th hole. Just ask the bartender or doorman. They are reusable!! Doing our part to keep all women safe,” Tavern’s Facebook post said.

Barnstable Police are encouraging groups to use the ‘buddy system’ to avoid being separated and to take the following precautions:

  • Make sure your drink is served directly by the bartender or your server
  • Don’t allow people you don’t know or trust to order drinks and deliver them to you
  • Monitor your drink at all times
  • Never leave your drink unattended.
  • Take your drink with you to the toilet if needed
  • Keep your hand on your glass when you’re not looking at it. There are also many other options to cover your drinks that are available.
  • There are several options on the market to help detect the presence of these drugs in your drink.
  • Get help right away if you start feeling dizzy, nauseous, dizzy, or strange in any way

“They are tasteless, odorless and colorless. They will not change the color of your drink. You won’t know what’s going on until it’s too late,” Sonnabend said.

Sonnabend said the complaints are still being investigated. Anyone with information should call Barnstable Police.

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