Drink spiking is when alcohol and/or drugs are added to a drink without someone knowing. The most commonly used drugs cause immobility, sedation and memory loss, making them tools to facilitate a crime. When drink spiking is associated with unwanted sexual contact and rape, these drugs are referred to as “date rape drugs.”
These drugs are powerful and dangerous. They can easily be slipped into drinks without being detected. The drugs often have no color, smell, or taste, making it hard to recognize if they are being used.
Anyone can have their drink spiked, and if a sexual assault occurs, it is never the fault of the person whose drink was spiked.
These drugs can take effect very quickly, and the duration of the effects varies. It depends on how much of the drug is taken and if the drug is mixed with other drugs or alcohol. Alcohol makes these drugs even stronger and can cause serious health problems — even death.
Amnesia is a common side effect of many date rape drugs, which means that people may not remember what happened while they were under the influence. In some cases, many are not sure whether they were drugged.
Unfortunately it is very hard to tell if a drink has been spiked.
Warning signs include:
Tell someone you completely trust.
If someone collapses and is unconscious, call an ambulance immediately. Don’t leave them alone.
Tufts will investigate any reports of suspected use of these drugs; their use is a serious violation of University policy and against Massachusetts state law.
Additionally, underage students can be assured they will not face University conduct charges when reporting suspected spiked drinks.
Nandi Bynoe, Sexual Misconduct Resources Specialist
617-627-0765 | Nandi.Bynoe@tufts.edu
Alexandra Donovan, Sexual Misconduct Prevention Specialist
617-627-5140 | Alexandra.Donovan@tufts.edu