What's In Your Glass?
What is a drug-facilitated crime?
A drug-facilitated crime occurs when someone is manipulated into a situation against his or her own will by the use of a drug or substance, whether that person is a date, a boyfriend, a girlfriend, a significant other, an acquaintance, a friend, a neighbor, a classmate, a co-worker, or a teammate. Sexual assault is the most common form of drug-facilitated crimes.
How Can We Prevent This from Happening?
We can avoid the use of prescription drugs and alcohol. Combining pills and alcohol can impair your ability to understand and respond appropriately to feelings and situations, and can increase your vulnerability by lowering your alertness and ability to react quickly.
Trust your instincts. If you think you or someone you know are in danger, immediately remove yourself from the environment and get to a safe place. Always have enough cash for transportation in case you must leave a situation abruptly, and have your cell phone on and charged. Use Uber and other rideshare services as a means of backup in case you need to get out quick.
Drug-Facilitated Crimes and Substance-Related Rape
Substance-related rape has been occurring more frequently in recent years. When secretly slipped into a beverage, even a glass of lemonade, sedating substances can leave anyone vulnerable to sexual assault. You may not be able to see it, smell it, or taste it. You don’t have to be at a bar or club; it could happen in any social setting. If an individual appears extremely intoxicated after consuming a non-alcoholic beverage, or only a small amount of alcohol, they may have unknowingly ingested one of a number of substances.
Solutions for Safe Drinking
Although the often-tasteless drugs are hard to detect, there are precautionary steps one can take to reduce the risk of falling a victim to a drug-facilitated crime.
- Do not accept beverages from strangers or people that are overly friendly.
- At parties or nightclubs, be cautious of accepting open containers from anyone.
- Be alert to the behavior of friends, Anyone appearing inebriated or overly intoxicated in relations to the amount of alcohol that they have consumed.
- Trust your instincts, if you feel that you or a friend is in danger or if you are uncomfortable in a situation, leave immediately and seek help.
- Never leave your drink unattended.
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