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Protecting Yourself Against Date Rape Drugs
DAYTON -- Ruffies. The fastest way your night out can turn into a nightmare. We looked into how often drinks get drugged around here and how you can protect yourself.
As UD and other local college students get ready to file back into the classrooms and the bars, officials remind us that being alert you can keep yourself safe.
Both men and women are susceptible to the dirty business of drugged drinks.
"You know you want to go out and you know you have to worry about those types of things. Those types of dangers," Dayton's Madison Wyatt explained.
Beavercreek police tell us while they rarely see more than one or two cases a year, it is a highly unreported offense.
"This is a college area and it's a lot of young people that are very trusting," Jackie Gordon of Dayton added. "If I was to leave my drink I'm going back to it. I leave it. I keep my drink with me at all times."
Police say its not only about knowing where your drink is, but knowing the person who gives it to you, and watching it while it's poured.
Reduce your risk further by using the buddy system. Keep an eye on your friends and leave together as a group.
"I think knowing your limits is a big thing. Once you get past your limit everything falls by the wayside," UD Grad John Rirodian added.
There's more than just ruffie kits now. New products are popping up everywhere like cups that display strips when foreign drugs are detected.
Or straws, coasters even lip gloss.
Police say if you suspect someone has ingested a date rape drug seek immediate medical attention and request a urine test for predatory drugs.
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