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Vancouver Police reminding people to watch their drinks

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Vancouver Police have a warning as we head into another long weekend.

They say more women than usual are telling them they’ve been drugged while out drinking.

It’s a familiar safety warning for women when they hit the bars.

“Sometimes these drugs are administered by men that are known to them and because we’re seeing a bit of an increase, we’re just reminding the public to be mindful of their drinks,” says Constable Brian Montague

He says it’s disappointing to see an increase in this type of behaviour only weeks after the launch of the VPD’s Don’t be that Guy poster campaign.

It’s aimed at getting men to understand that sex without consent, like while the women is under the influence of drugs, is sexual assault.

To avoid getting drugged, don’t accept drinks from people you don’t know and never take drinks from open bottles or punch bowls. Never leave a drink unattended and if in doubt, throw it out. Don’t leave with a stranger, especially if you feel intoxicated or unwell.

Signs and Symptoms of being drugged:

  • sudden light headedness
  • feeling paralyzed or powerless
  • waking up confused
  • severe headaches, vomiting
  • scattered or no memory
  • intoxication with minimal alcohol
  • acting out uncontrollably
  • heightened sex drive
  • hallucinations, loss of consciousness