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Campus Security issues date rape drug alert

Campus Security warned students Tuesday that date rape drugs may have been used in the Queen’s community.

Campus Security Director Dave Patterson said he can’t release details about the incident posted on Campus Security’s website.

“The person involved didn’t want any personal identifiers released—date, time, place, gender, etc.,” he said.

“They just wanted an alert sent out so other people could be aware … I can’t say if it was on campus or off. I can’t give a date or time, because the person was concerned that putting those types of identifiers out may draw some correlation to them.”

Patterson said the student drank something that he or she had reason to believe contained a date rape drug and is receiving the appropriate support and treatment. He wouldn’t say if the person
was assaulted.

—Anna Mehler Paperny

How to protect yourself from date rape drugs

  1. Don’t accept open drinks (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) from others who you don’t know or don’t trust; this includes drinks that come in a glass.
  2. When in bars or clubs, always get your drink directly from the bartender and don’t take your eyes off the bartender or your order; don’t use the waitress or let somebody go to the bar for you.
  3. At parties, only accept drinks in closed containers: bottles, cans or tetra packs.
  4. Never leave your drink unattended or turn your back on your table.
  5. Do not drink from open beverage sources like punch bowls, pitchers or tubs.
  6. Keep your eyes and ears open; if there is talk of date rape drugs or if friends seem too intoxicated for what they have taken, leave the party or club immediately.
  7. If you or a friend feels dizzy, confused or have other unexplained symptoms, get to a safe place immediately. Call a friend, family member, Campus Security (if on campus) or 9-1-1. If you think you have been drugged, go directly to a hospital emergency room.


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