Reader Fears Friend Roofied on 14th Street, Hospital Staff Unwilling to Issue Tests

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“Dear PoPville,

Just wanted to alert you to something disturbing that happened to a friend of mine on Friday night. We were at a bar in Logan Circle, had a few drinks, when all of sudden she got extremely drowsy and went from talking like normal to being basically unconscious within a matter of minutes. Fortunately she was with myself and another friend and we were able to get her out of there and call for help. It sickens me to think of what could have happened if she somehow got separated from us.

As soon as we realized she couldn’t even stand up on her own we got her out of there and called an ambulance. The other disturbing part of the night was how un-seriously the paramedics/hospital staff (GW) treated the fact that she had probably been drugged. I kept explaining to them that I was with her all night, that she literally drank the exact same drinks as myself and our other friend (not like out of the same glass otherwise this would’ve been a different story), and that whatever alcohol she drank was definitely not enough for her to just suddenly go unconscious but everyone kept saying she just drank too much and the police were never brought in. At the hospital I kept asking them to test her for GHB but they told me that I couldn’t request a medical procedure and that testing for that isn’t within their usual blood panel and that she would need to request that test herself (which obviously wasn’t possible). So basically the night went from fun, to scary, to frustrating. Since apparently there’s nothing you can do when you/your friend gets drugged, we decided we should use this experience to warn others to be careful.

I think people getting roofied has been addressed on popville before but maybe it’s time for a little refresher.”

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  • Is the OP willing to share the name of the bar so that other people can say if they’ve had similar experiences there?

  • justinbc

    I’m guess it has to do with insurance or something? Like, maybe her’s doesn’t cover the tests, so without her consent they couldn’t do it? Could she not just consent to it when she woke up?

    • No, I’m certain that it has to do with medical consent laws & not insurance.

      • justinbc

        What medical consent is needed if they’re already taking the blood? It’s just a matter of running a test at that point. (Not a doctor or in the field, so admittedly guessing.)

        • The OP doesn’t say if blood was taken, but usually consent is required to perform a blood test due to privacy (4th amendment) concerns.

          • justinbc

            Ah, I read the “testing for that isn’t within their usual blood panel” to mean they were already taking blood, but that specific test wasn’t covered.

        • Not sure about this case, but it definitely matters in general. For example, if you’re in the hospital for a car crash, they can’t take your blood and use the DNA to see if you raped someone.

    • By the time she woke up, the drugs would likely have passed through her system since “roofie” drugs tend to be undetectable rather quickly

    • I understand, from a legal/medical perspective why a hospital–in theory/principle–might not be able to randomly conduct all kinds of tests based on the say-so of someone other than the patient. But really, couldn’t a test for GHB either be added to a standard panel, or incorporated into a next-level panel of tests that they’ll give patients based on pertinent information they recieve about the patient’s condition? (I mean, if someone was brought in to the hospital disoriented and in and out of consciousness, and the person with them said “Hey, my friend fell and hit her head on the sidewalk 10 minutes ago,” I doubt hospital staff would say “Nah, we can’t do a CT scan unless the patient requests it.”) And I’m trying to reach back into the fuzzy recesses of my college-days women’s health/safety education, but I think the pressing issue in this case is that a number of the “date-rape” drugs leave one’s system very quickly–so by the time the person is recovered enough to request the test, any traces may already be gone.

      • justinbc

        Yeah, it definitely seems kind of obvious. Although obvious and actual seem to often cross paths without actually speaking in a hospital setting.

      • Is there some 4th or 5th amendment protection to be able to take drugs and not be tested for them against your will? I have no idea why someone would want to roofie themselves, but assuming such a pastime exists, hospitals probably have enough liability issues to worry about without adding “drug crime evidence collector” to their list.

    • Actually, my understanding has been that it is based on strict dc rules on what tests you must administer if you perform blood work on individuals and what counseling you must provide them. This leads hospitals to refusing to test for anything because it is overly burdensome and instead telling people where they can get tested.

      • But perhaps the hospital could draw some blood while the victim is still intoxicated? Would that allow them to do the test at a future date while still having a “toxic” sample? Or does the drug also dissipate from the blood sample over time?

  • Shame on GW hospital.

    • I’m an ICU nurse at another DC hospital. At my hospital, we obtain a general consent for tests/procedures/treatment shortly after a patient’s arrival to our facility. It’s part of obtaining billing and insurance information as well as patient demographics. Despite the fact that many of our patients present to our emergency room or our shock-trauma unit in a condition that prevents them from personally consenting to care (i.e. unconscious and/or awake with altered mental status), we still obtain blood and other fluid specimens as well as provide other diagnostics (CT scans, x-rays, etc.) as warranted by their condition. For someone who arrived in your friend’s condition, we would have likely checked a urine drug screen (which indicates if someone has recently used marijuana, cocaine, opioids, etc.) as well as blood ethanol level because it would give us useful information that would guide further treatment.
      Because GHB is not detectable on a standard urine drug screen, it would have to be ordered separately at the physician’s discretion, so what GW staff told you was true in this regard. While you were not your friend’s legal next-of kin and had no legal right to make decisions regarding her care unless you were previously designated as a legal decision-maker, had I been your friend’s nurse and had you explained the situation and communicated your suspicions, I absolutely would have asked the physician to check for GHB and other similar intoxicants because nurses are supposed to advocate for their patient’s needs. I’m not sure how GW does things because policies/procedures vary from hospital to hospital, but what you were told at GW (“she has to request the test herself”) is wrong.

  • Unless they know who did it, what would the test accomplish? Not that it’s her fault or anything obviously

    • The bar could be put on official alert, for starters. With no proof, it’s very easy for bar management and bar patrons to just assume the gal drank too much. With proof, and if they were only in one bar, people can be convincingly warned and the bar will have an incentive to look out for shady activity.
      If I were the OP, I would hesitate to call out the bar by name without being 100% sure my friend was drugged, and not experiencing a prescription/ alcohol interaction, for example. Or an all-nighter/ alcohol interaction. Something innocuous.

      • Well assuming the friend wasnt on any medication, I’m not sure why they need a medical test to let the bar know. I would think management would be more concerned about covering their asses to prevent it even if it isn’t 100% confirmed. Anyway can’t they just say she was roofied, is the bar really going to ask to see the test results?

        • They could ask, and then you’d have to explain that you were lying, or drop the issue. Why not just tell the truth, and let the bar come to its own conclusion? I think the ownership understands that use of these types of drugs is pervasive, but difficult to prevent.

    • Why collect DNA samples from rape victims if the perpetrator is unknown?

      Quite a silly argument.

  • I’m sorry that happened to your friend. What do you mean about the police never being brought in? were they called but not allowed in the ER?

  • Are there any other details that led you to this conclusion (ie, did she accept a drink from a stranger, or leave her drink unattended for a long period)?

  • Emergency rooms typically cannot test for GHB because it is expensive, takes a long time to process (usually the sample must be sent to an independent lab), and the drug often leaves the body very quickly making testing logistically difficult. There are some “indicator” tests out there, but they are not very accurate.

    Usually, the hospital can rule out the presence of GHB by looking at symptoms, or taking a normal tox screen to determine what other toxins are present in the body.

  • Come on, you can’t ask drunk/drugged people for medical consent. As long as consent is the threshold here, this will never be fixed. And I don’t see that going away. With the number of possible drugs I see limited options here to create a real solution.

  • The thing about slipping someone a roofie is that the perpetrator is wants to be able to take advantage at some point. Not likely to happen with someone who’s with a group of friends. Did she even talk to anyone outside your group?

    One possibility to consider: the friend could be taking a medication that interacts poorly with alcohol.

    • Very good point!

    • I agree. If i’m on an empty stomach, I’ve gone from “happy” to blacked out in a couple of drinks and I’m a large enough guy.

    • I was thinking the same thing. Did someone have a chance to do this? Do you think it was the bartender? If so, what would his/her motivation be?

      • The people who do this find it funny to watch – is my theory. I was roofied at DC bar with a big group. I went from zero to vomiting and blacked out in 10 minutes. I ate, I didn’t drink a ton, I was not on medication. According to my friends, someone did carry me out of the bar but they stopped him and took over.
        Another friend was roofied in Arlington on Halloween. It was packed. Could have been a bartender or any number of people around. Again, she ate, hadn’t drank a ton, and was not on medication. She was chatting with a cop a couple weeks later and mentioned it and he told her it happens at that bar a lot, but there’s no proof it’s a bartender so they can’t do anything.
        Sure – the most common use is to take advantage, but I think people have far stupider reasons.

        OP – is she still feeling “hungover”? I felt mildly hungover for about 2 weeks or so afterward, which is also common I think.

    • Or, if she’s small, on her period, and/or didn’t eat much beforehand… I know from experience that just a couple drinks and those circumstances can cause scary blackouts with just a drink or two. Especially if said drink or two contains tequila.

  • If you’re ever in this unfortunate position again, call the police yourself and tell the 911 operator that you need a unit to respond because you are filing a report. They will send the police to you.
    Also, if there is no relative nearby who can meet you at the hospital, lie. Say you’re the person’s spouse or sibling or whatever, but never identify yourself as their “friend” – friends have no right to request work to be done. Next of kin does. Unless there’s something incredibly unbelievable about it, they won’t ask for proof. Nobody carries around birth certificates or marriage licenses anyway, and not all married people wear rings.
    Lastly, ask your friend if she is on any medications, and realize that she may not tell you the truth if she is embarrassed to be on that particular drug or over the whole incident (which is likely) – some drugs interact with alcohol in a very similar way to what you described, even basic stuff like allergy medication. She may not want to tell you, but that’s also possible if you matched her drink for drink.

  • When did people start using myself in place of me. I have noticed it a lot lately, and it is super annoying and incorrect. This person did it twice. In both instances, they should have used the word me instead of myself.

    Grammar alert over. It just drives me nuts (or, drives myself nuts)! ;P

  • I don’t really want to get too embroiled with commenters here since my purpose is really just to alert people to be careful, not to point fingers. But I will say a few things:
    1. She did not take any prescription drugs that day and is actually in excellent health.
    2. We had pizza and wings before we went out so it wasn’t a “oops I drank on an empty stomach” situation.
    3. I have absolutely never seen anyone go down like she did. Not even people who legitimately had too much to drink. I wouldn’t have called an ambulance unless I was scared enough to think her life was in danger, which I did.
    4. I agree it’s bizarre that someone would roofie a person who is part of a group. I’m not going to try to rationalize it since I think a person who would do this at all is certainly some sort of psychopath.
    5. Without going into detail, I can say that there were individuals and circumstances present that, in retrospect, I believe were involved.
    6. I’m not some sort of alarmist. I wouldn’t put this to a public forum unless I was positive that something was afoul. Neither I or my friends would wish this experience on anyone, it was beyond awful and it even could’ve been worse. I’m not saying don’t go to bars, I’m not even saying don’t go to the bar where it happened, I’m just saying to always watch out for your friends.

    • What kind of drinks did she have?

    • Thank you for pointing out why you were concerned. The same thing happened to me at a bar in Georgetown several years ago with some of the exact circumstances you outlined. I don’t wish the wretched sickness that came with my experience on anyone. Sometimes the people who comment on here think they are smart and can solve any problem because surely the people posting are idiots. Well, sometimes that’s true 😉

    • It does sound scary, and I’m not trying to blame the victim or be accusatory in any way here. But if you have reason to believe something was afoul, can you say what you or your friend should have done differently?

    • “5. Without going into detail, I can say that there were individuals and circumstances present that, in retrospect, I believe were involved.”
      Why can’t/won’t you go into detail?

    • This sounds horrifying. I am glad you got your friend to the hospital and that she’s okay. Thanks for spreading the awareness.

    • Hey OP – this might be a good read for your friend. Someone else who was likely slipped something, and fortunately she was with other people as well but she talks about dealing with the aftermath even though
      “nothing” happened to her.

  • I’ve noticed hospitals around here are quick to assume emergency patients are either drunk or on drugs. I took my cousin in for accidentally eating a poisonous leaf that was mixed into her salad– the poor girl could barely breathe and they kept asking her questions about drug use.

  • Ok, but you’re assuming the boogeyman is a logical, nonpyschotic person who just wants to rape someone.

  • I’ve had the same experience at GW hospital. They kept insisting my friend must have had too much to drink and refused to explain why they’d ruled out date rape drugs and also refused to do any extra tests. They also MADE FUN OF her inability to remember anything.

    • GW hospital is pretty awful.

      • I probably wouldn’t choose to go to its er, but I’ve gotten many tests there as well as had chemo for several months. Nearly everyone was very nice and helpful. Definitely not the worst place out there.

  • I would be very curious to know the name of the bar. We are pretty positive my friend was roofie by the wait staff or bartender at Black Whiskey one night. One drink and she could even stand up or speak.

    • That could have happened if they poured her a really strong drink.

    • There are (very hard to prove) cases of bars using cheap rail liquor in branded call liquor bottles. If you’re ordering upscale vodka, you might be getting some no-name grain alcohol.

      • But wouldn’t you be able to taste the difference immediately? One time I accidentally forgot to specify what type of Vodka I wanted so they gave me rail. I immediately spit it out and ordered a new drink because it tasted so bad. If you’re used to the taste of higher end vodkas (or lack thereof as it is), you’d know pretty quickly I think.

        • So you complain to the bartender and they look at you like you’re crazy and reluctantly offer to make you another one that tastes the same but there’s nothing you can do about it so you just assume your taste buds are off and drink it.

    • You have no evidence whatsoever and naming the bar is borderline slander. The idea of a bar employee randomly drugging a patron (who is there with friends!) is ludicrous. First, bar employees do pretty OK with the ladies, without drugs. Second, no bar employee wants to have a patron who can’t stand or speak on their hands during a shift for any reasons — what was he going to do, stash her in the employee locker area until his shift ended? And third, if you can’t even decide whether it was a waiter or bartender, it’s pretty clear that no one spent enough time with her to single her out, stalk her, get close enough to access her drink and then drug her.

    • I wasn’t going to say anything because again, I’m not looking to point fingers but rather just to remind people to be careful, but it was in fact Black Whiskey. My friend is not a lightweight, I’ve definitely seen her drink more than she did that night, but like your friend she literally could not speak or stand after just a couple drinks.

      • That doesn’t mean much. I can drink half a dozen mixed drinks one night and black out from a glass of wine or a single beer the next. It’s weird but common (and men don’t seem to have those wild variances, I’ve noticed).

        • Yes but that seems like quite a coincidence. I have NEVER experienced or heard of someone having one drink and becoming completely incoherent unless there was some other factor at play like drugs (prescription or otherwise), lack of food, etc. Not just completely randomly for no reason.

          • When it’s happened to me I’d eaten and wasn’t taking drugs. Just saying….

          • you’re lucky. it happened to me. no drugs, no period, ate a full meal, drank 1/2 a mixed drink, the list goes on… The last thing I remember at the bar was telling these idiots guys to leave my friends and I alone – we weren’t interested. Woke up on bathroom floor with concerned husband asking if I had eaten. Yes, it was now on his feet.

  • Well said…the vast majority of sexual assaults are what people consider to be “date rapes”, yet the myth of the stranger jumping out from the bushes or drugging someone at a bar still persists.

  • finally a sane comment! obviously the likelihood of this person being “roofied” by a stranger is incredibly small, vs. other possible explanations, ranging from taking benadryl before going out to having started drinking earlier to being on her period etc.

    • Yeah, I have to think the OP isn’t a regular drinker if she compares her drinking to another woman’s and makes the conclusion that they should have been similarly affected by it. It just doesn’t work that way. Even the same woman can have wildly different effects from the same amount of alcohol on different days. Trust me.

  • Um, this is a study from England and had a pretty small sample size. I’m sure that both the availability and usage of date rape drugs differ between the US and other countries.
    While I understand the skepticism that many commenters had, and I know that the effects of alcohol can be super-variable, it sounds to me like the OP did fairly due diligence using prior behavior, situational conditions, and common logic to determine the most likely culprit for her friend passing out.

    • the ‘most likely culprit’ for someone appearing intoxicated after a night of drinking would be alcohol, not some paranoid conspiracy theory involving illegal drugs.

      • Wow – paranoid? have you ever been on the receiving end of a spiked drink? It’s not pretty and the results can happen very fast which is pretty scary for anyone who knows the person well.

  • I don’t think too many people in DC are concerned about being out at a bar with an illegal substance.

  • You’re right about the prevalence of GBH and other pharmaceuticals as roofies being a myth. Yes, the most common drug used to spike drinks is alcohol – this is not harmless. It can have the effects mentioned. Increasing the alcohol content of someone’s drink vastly from what they are expecting can be difficult for the victim to detect and also result in illness, blackout, alcohol poisoning.

    I also don’t think the hospital is off the hook here. They know roofies are a super prevalent belief, they have several people who are terrified for their friend on their hands. The professional thing to do in this situation would have been to educate them, not confuse the issue by making excuses as to why they couldn’t test.

    And a lot of folks who spike drinks aren’t doing it with any particular endgame in mind. They might just think it’s a hilarious thing to do, or they might have a vendetta (against a particular person or set of persons in general). Or they might think they have a plan going forward and it falls apart. I wasn’t there, the OP was, and they seem to think there was cause for concern in the behavior of someone they met that night.

  • Anyone remember the scam at Yanni’s bar in Cleveland Park?

    One drink, you’d be blackout drunk, at which point they would call the cops and claim you tried to run out on your tab and have license to charge you for significantly more than you actually drank. Had this happen once to me, once to a friend, and once to a friend of a girl I went out with. I came out of the bathroom and was tackled by the three guys who had been sitting at the end of the bar (only three people in the bar other than the bartender). They took my wallet and held me until the police came. I was barely coherent but I knew I’d only had a Miller Lite and a free shot from the bartender. I couldn’t really articulate it to the police. When I got my wallet back, my cash was gone and the police had me sign a $20 bar tab. The police told me to go home. I woke up around 5 am in Rock Creek Park still in my suit with my shoes ruined. Good times.
    This would have been over the last two or three months of Yanni’s existing in Cleveland Park.

    • How did the police not catch on the third or fourth time it happened? I guess they were in on the scam too?

      • I doubt the police were involved. It’s a pretty fool proof scam if you think about it. The police are going to believe the group of sober people before they believe the barely coherent person who just tried to leave without paying.

        • Yeah, but if it happens frequently at the same bar? The police definitely knew what was going on and were probably getting a cut of the profits. It’s similar to the scam police and bar owners pull in countries like Turkey, except there they don’t have to get the patron blackout drunk to do it.

      • In my case (posted below in a separate comment), there didn’t seem to be enough money to justify this.

        I lost about $30 in cash and had to sign a $20 statement as well. That is fifty bucks spread across four people. If the police were involved, the payout to effort ratio doesn’t seem to be there. Let’s say their method isn’t normally as violent as it was with me. If you are in the state I was in and someone says “hey, you forgot to pay!” well, maybe most people pay without incident and everybody makes money.

        I agree that police will believe a group of sober perpetrators over the intoxicated victim.

    • Yes! I was there with a friend and we had pretty much the exact same thing happen in October 2008.

      We met for happy hour after work. We each only remembered having one drink and that there were a few guys sitting together by the window (near the exit).

      I went to the bathroom and remember feeling kind of out of it. When I exited, two guys grabbed me and held my arms out while another reached into my pocket and took my wallet. I started fighting and screaming. They told me the cops were already on their way because I refused to pay for my drinks. As far as I could remember, I had not planned on leaving. They took the cash out of my wallet and returned it to me. If you remember bar at Yanni’s, the bathroom and exit are on opposite sides, so it’s impossible to go to the bathroom while running out on one’s tab. I couldn’t see my friend anywhere. Sometime later, the police arrived. I remember feeling very drunk and aggravated. My adrenaline was pumping and I could barely talk. I remember being really mad at having been robbed in my neighborhood at a bar, presumably with the bartender’s (Yasamin) consent.

      While being questioned by the police, I kept asking about my friend. She eventually staggered over to us and asked where we were. I said we were in Cleveland Park and she asked why we were in Cleveland Park. The police then put her in a taxi and sent her home to Arlington. She told me she woke up the next morning only halfway in her apartment, having passed out while opening the door. The contents of her purse had fallen out while she tried to enter her place. Fortunately, nothing was stolen and nothing happened to her other than whatever it is we drank at Yanni’s.

      Anyways, I talked to the police for a little bit (no concept of time at this point, but I remember being cold and that my coat was inside). One of the guys who helped restrain me brought it out very courteously. I remember trying to form a thought that if I were trying to run out on my tab, wouldn’t I have taken my coat, which is worth significantly more than the tab? But my mind was not doing things it can normally do.

      I remember the police repeatedly asking me if I was planning on driving home. I could not successfully articulate that I lived two blocks away. I knew that I knew my address, but I just couldn’t remember it and I was really frustrated as I knew I had another way to prove my address (driver’s license, which they may have already checked out), but I could not grasp that thought. It was pretty scary to know “hey, this is basic information I should be able to say” but I couldn’t get ahold of the info in my head long enough to articulate it.

      Eventually, they let me go and I guess I just went home. I had bruises all over my left arm the next day, which I took photos of, because I thought I should call the police about it, but I felt like it would be worthless to do so given that the police were operating on the presumption that I was the criminal here. To argue otherwise would have been futile.

      After Yanni’s closed, I met a student from Georgetown Law who had a similar incident occur there. Maybe that’s why the place shut down?

      • Whoa, that’s terrifying.

      • At the time, I weighed about 220, and until that evening, I had never felt that intoxicated (drunk isn’t the right word, I felt much more sluggish) from one shot. I also have not felt that intoxicated from one shot since.

    • That might be one of the crazier things I’ve read.

  • It could have also been GHB which, when mixed with alcoholic beverages produces a similar effect as roofies. Someone spiked my drink once with GHB back when I lived in Texas. Thank god my friends were there to help me. Always, always, always keep an eye on your drinks!

  • Whatever bar your friend got drugged at should contact a new company named DrinkSavvy. Their cups, straws/stirrers will change color when someone roofies your drink. Just a thought.

  • I think it’s irresponsibly extreme to call drink-drugging a “myth.” I’m not suggesting it’s rampant, and I do think the alarmism about roofies is probably out of proportion to their actual use. But I personally know a very close friend who was drugged, and if I know one person in my very small circle of friends, odds are there have been other cases out there in the wider world, too. In my friend’s case, it wasn’t a psychotic stranger or a “boogeyman”, but a friend of a friend that she’d been chatting with at a group outing, a “nice” guy with an Ivy League degree and a good corporate job. Early on, to a couple of others at the bar, my friend just seemed drunk, and her rapist pulled a “gentleman” act by offering to walk her out, hail her a cab, and ride back to her place to make sure she got home ok (by which point she was so drugged she could hardly stand. And yes, alcohol affects people differently, but I knew this friend very well and she had one of the highest alcohol tolerances of anyone I’ve ever known, male or female.) Again, not saying women should be paranoid, but it can happen. And as for calling the police and asking them to order a GHB test and file a report…I’m sorry to say this, and I’m not trying to be flip, but good luck with that. None of my friends who have been raped (in a variety of circumstances, not just ones involving suspected drugging) have EVER had success with getting the police to take them seriously.

  • this happened to a colleague of mine 10 years ago back in Seattle. She spent 1.5 days in the hospital and nearly died. She had 1 drink and was on her second when she lost the ability to stand straight. Luckily friends were with her and got her to the hospital safely. The bar had video cameras but the video was not clear enough to see. The Seattle Police were pretty great and after learning the bar divulged that it happened there frequently. Moral of the story is 1) be really careful and 2) watch out for friends and strangers.

    Report to the police even after the fact – just so its on record as this may help the next person.

  • I’m very very sorry this happened and can completely empathize. This happened to me several years ago in Adams Morgan and then entire scenario was treated beyond poorly by medical and police staff (I unfortunately had just left my friends when the affects of the drug settled in and was found by police instead)…I’ve only recently learned from DC police sources that GHB isn’t all that common in DC and the perps in these situations tend to use Ambien instead. The combination of the drug with the alcohol gives rise to the exact symptoms you describe. It may be too late to officially test for it now, but something for everyone to be aware of. My sympathies.

  • Umm, your “logical” reasoning is exactly why someone COULD get away with this. No one has any issues carrying drugs into bars in DC and they have a very good excuse of someone just thinking their friend is drunk, not drugged. And then if past instances prove anything it’s near impossible to prove that anyone got raped by someone they met at a bar after drinking.

    If you know your friend you would hopefully be able to tell the difference between them drinking too much and something being seriously wrong, lecturing about your unfounded ideas about this is not helpful. And btw saying these drugs are used recreationally and yet are extremely difficult to obtain does not coincide.

  • To all the people out there asking what the motive would be to do this to someone who is out with friends, let me remind you that not everybody who drugs a girl at a bar is out to rape her. Some people are just assholes. There is no “motive” to the knockout game teenagers are playing to put on youtube. It’s just people being horrible people.
    Just because this did not result in a rape and would not have been easy to result in a rape since she was with people does not mean someone else didn’t put something in her drink just to get a good laugh at the stumbling drunk-looking drugged girl, just for the “fun” of it.

    • Yep. There are plenty of sickos who get some insane high from hurting other people. And drugging someone else’s drink seems even more cowardly than the knockout game. Pathetic.

    • Thank you for saying this. Again, my whole purpose for writing in about this wasn’t to “slander” a bar or to fearmonger but simply to share an experience in the hopes that it doesn’t happen to anyone else. For all those who are trying to come up with other explanations, I can only hope it never happens to you but until you see someone go from talking and having a good time to being essentially unconscious in a matter of minutes, maybe you just won’t understand.

  • I’m sorry this happened to your friend. But I’m not sure your conclusion about what happened to her should prevail over the conclusion drawn by the trained medical professionals that examined her. I imagine that GW, being a university hospital, has seen plenty of people who were in various stages of consciousness. In addition to not testing for GHB because your friend could not ask for it, maybe they didn’t test because she did not exhibit the symptoms of someone who had ingested GHB and who had consumed “a few” drinks – symptoms which they were probably familiar with.

    In any event, if you really think she was drugged AND that there are “individuals and circumstances present that, in retrospect, [you] believe were involved,” you really should contact the police (and/or the unnamed bar) and provide them with whatever information you have.

    • if you think that ‘trained medical professionals’ are never distracted, never lazy and never make mistakes, then you are one naive person.

      You should always question things that don’t make sense, regardless of what an ‘expert’ may say, and when something like that happens to a person, discounting a date rape drug based on visual symptoms alone does not make sense.

      • not that i’m calling all medical professionals lazy – most are awesome. but like any profession, there are always some duds.

  • I agree that she should have called the cops. I disagree with your premise. Ironically, the only woman I know who went to the cops after a rape was dosed.

    They never found him. It was in DC approximately 11 years ago.

  • Literally this exact same thing happened to me Saturday the 23rd in Shaw. I had three beers, which is totally normal for me, and then all of a sudden I couldn’t function. My friends called 911 and took me to Howard in an ambulance. The EMTs and doctor treated me like a stupid drunk girl every step of the way and never did any tests. That treatment was more traumatizing than the fact that I was drugged.

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