Lots of Women Report Being Drugged at a Popular Boston Music Venue
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It just opened this fall and is already garnering praise as an outstanding music venue, but multiple women have reported being drugged while seeing concerts at the MGM Music Hall at Fenway.
According to NewsCenter 5, these women have told Boston police about their various incidents where they remember having a drink. The next thing they knew, it was the next morning and they don't remember anything.
As of now, it's all happened this month of October, including to two sisters who, according to NewsCenter 5, said it happened to them at a Demi Lovato concert.
It was about our third drink of the night. We hadn't finished that drink and we have no memory.
NewsCenter 5 says the women who spoke to them are in their 30's, 40's, and 50's, with similar stories of basically blacking out. Thank goodness they were with friends who took over their various situations after noticing they were hazy, slurring words, and having trouble standing. Each of them got home safely thanks to their friends.
Thank goodness they're speaking out, reminding all women to be so careful no matter where they are. Boston and Cape Cod issued warnings over the summer as well, when there were various reports about spiked or "roofied" drinks.
Meanwhile, Boston PD issued an alert to remind all of us women that these drugs used to incapacitate us are scentless, colorless, and tasteless substances. For instance, there's Rohypnol (known as roofie), gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), and Ketamine, causing disorientation, confusion, temporary paralysis, and even unconsciousness.
Yes, we learned about the buddy system in kindergarten, and it continues to be important all the way through adulthood.
The Boston Police Department gave the following reminders to keep yourself safe, especially in case your friends aren't around:
- Be sure that your drink is being served directly by the bartender or 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, taking it with you everywhere.
- Keep your hand covered over your drink when you’re not looking at it.
- Get help immediately if you begin to feel dizzy, nauseated, light-headed, or strange in any way.
- Be wary of strangers attempting to lure individuals away from their friends.