EDITORIAL: Memo from ex club rat to today’s 18-21 year-olds
FROM the coast to the country, big cities to small country towns, drink spiking is still a problem.
On the weekend, one of my 18-year-old relatives was hospitalised after having a drink at a small town pub and someone dropped an illegal drug into it.
Luckily, the young lad is ok. Just can't remember what happened. And he got an unexpected visit from his mother (she lives in Queensland, he lives in Young NSW).
It reminded of the time I was out clubbing with my now ex boyfriend and two of his work mates.
Usually, I was the one drinking and dancing, but this boyfriend didn't go out often, so I offered to be designated driver.
I minded the drinks while the boys 'pretended' to know how to dance on the dance floor.
Just before we left for the evening, I went to the ladies.
The boys finished their drinks off when I got back and then we headed to pizza stand (post clubbing tradition in Townsville).
After a few minutes, my boyfriend started acting funny.
It took me a while to get him from the pizza stand to the car.
When we got home, he slept for a few hours before getting up and throwing up for hours on end.
I got worried about him not keeping any fluids, so I took him to hospital.
His last drink had been spiked while I was in the toilet.
My dad had warned me about drink spiking before I moved to Townsville, so I had a habit of not leaving my own drinks alone and never accepted drinks from a stranger.
But I didn't think, given that there were probably only 10 other people in this night club before we left, that anyone would spike one of the drinks I left alone for a few minutes.
The message to today's 18-21 years-old going to the pub, or nightclubs, - don't leave your drink unattended, even with a friend who wouldn't be thinking that a turned back or a quick trip to the toilets would be long enough for someone to drop a rufie in a drink.