As students at Ohio’s colleges
begin returning to campus, agents with the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Ohio
Investigative Unit want to remind everyone - don’t
turn your back, ACT.
Drugging drinks, or drink tampering, happens to both female and males, at bars or even house parties, and often leads to
“We want friends to look out for
fellow bar-goers to look out for fellow bar-goers and bar staff to look out for
said Agent -in-Charge Eric
Wolf. “We want everyone to be
safe. If you see someone tampering with another person’s
drink – don’t turn your back on them, don’t be afraid to step up and act.”
Bystanders and bar staff
should let the
person know their drink may
have been compromised, get the individual out of the situation and call 9-1-1 immediately. Contain the
evidence if it is possible to do so.
Law enforcement officials know drink tampering happens, however it is often not reported.
In many situations,
victims may be too embarrassed to
come forward, or may
not have a full recollection of what occurred.
According to the Ohio Incident
Based Reporting System (OIBERS), nine forcible rapes
with drugs as a
weapon were reported in 2013.
OIU is asking all bar patrons or party-goers to remember: Go to the bar with a friend you trust; both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks can be drugged; get bottles or cans; don’t leave your drink sitting around – get a new one; do not
from anyone you don’t
know or trust; if your back is turned for one second , that is enough
time to tamper with a beverage – get a new one; and most importantly watch out
for your friends and others.
Also, drink tampering isn’t just confined to
campuses. In July, OIU
provided educational posters to the Ottawa County Sheriff and Put -in- Bay Police Department
to distribute to island liquor
establishments. The agencies requested the posters after several reports of
drugged drinks began surfacing earlier this summer.
If you have information about a person tampering drinks please notify the
Investigative Unit by calling #677 on your cell phone and
your complaint will be
NOTE: Not all police departments in the state of Ohio report their crimes to OIBRS.