Emerson College police warn against fortified drinks


BOSTON — As thousands of college students converge on Boston, Emerson College police are warning of the dangers of fortified drinks.

The warning comes three months after Boston police raise a community alert due to an increase in reports of drugged drinks in Boston-area bars and restaurants.

“Beverage doping involves an offender adding an odorless, colorless, and tasteless drug to the drink of an unsuspecting victim,” states Emerson’s opinion, “The effects of drink doping may vary. Symptoms may include loss of balance, visual impairment, confusion or nausea.”

Reports of fortified drinks in Boston bars have plagued social media since the spring. A woman, who wished to remain anonymous, told WBZ she was drugged in early August while having a drink with co-workers at 5:30 p.m. on a Tuesday.

“I had had two drinks and felt very drunk, had trouble speaking, a little dizzy,” she said. ”

Boston police investigated reports of drugged drinks on social media, but made no arrests.

Emerson College Police shared these tips for students to protect themselves:

  • Do not accept drinks from strangers
  • If you didn’t see your drink poured, don’t drink it
  • If you’re unsure about any of the ingredients in your drink, don’t drink it.
  • Keep an eye on your friends and their drinks
  • Never leave your drink unattended
  • Avoid sharing drinks with others
  • Keep your hand covered with your drink when you’re not looking at it.


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