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Police warn to watch out for drugged drinks in Boston bars

There has been an increase in the number of reports of drinks being doctored, according to the BPD.

Kelsey McClellan/The New York Times

Boston police are warning those headed to local bars to be on the lookout for roofies, and other drugs that could be placed in their drinks.

Ketamine and GHB have similar effects, police said.

“These drugs and substances can cause disorientation, confusion, temporary paralysis or unconsciousness along with a host of other symptoms, leaving the potential victim vulnerable to the intentions of the suspect,” police said in a press release.

Patrons should use a buddy system while out at bars, police said. They also offered some other tips:

Be sure that your drink is being 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.

Watch your drink at all times. Never leave your drink unattended.

Take your drink with you to the restroom if need be.

Keep your hand covered over your drink when you’re not looking at it. Many creative inventions exist that can help you cover your drink.

Test your drink with test strips or nail polish that light up a certain color if they detect drugs.

Get help immediately if you begin to feel dizzy, nauseated, light-headed or strange in any way.

There has been an increase in reports of drugging at bars, nightclubs, and other similar venues, according to the release. These include drinks being “roofied,” the city’s Licensing Board said.

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