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Date-rape druggings reported to police

 


Two women drinking at bars Friday night told the police they were slipped a date-rape drug in separate incidents, according to the Haines Borough Police Department.

Gina Randles, 27, said she and a friend stopped into the Harbor Bar Friday night around 11:15 p.m. Randles said she’d finished about half of her drink before feeling strange.

“I don’t remember anything at all from that night,” Randles said. “The next day I woke up incredibly sick. I had a whole bunch of really strange symptoms.”

Randles said she never left her drink unattended but her friend, Michaela Chambers, said she saw a man standing “abnormally” close to Randles Friday night.

Chambers said she noticed Randles acting out of the ordinary when they went to the Haines Quick Shop after leaving the Harbor Bar.

“That’s when I really started to notice she was acting odd,” Chambers said. “Her speech was irregular and it was a lot of word soup. She was trying to communicate with me but what she was saying didn’t make sense.”

Randles said she’s lucky Chambers was with her that night. She encouraged other women out at the bars to use the “buddy system.”

Another, unidentified woman told police she had been slipped a drug at the Pioneer Bar Friday.

Randles called the SEARHC clinic Saturday morning and described her symptoms. She said, based on her symptoms, SEARHC physician Lylith Grody-Patinkin told her it sounded like she was given a version of a date-rape drug.

“She said it sounded like GHB, which is one of the cheaper and more common date rape drugs,” Randles said.

Police sergeant Josh Dryden posted information about the incidents on the department’s Facebook page Saturday.

“While visiting any of our wonderful alcohol-serving establishments, keep a close eye on your drink,” Dryden wrote. “If you must leave your drink, please have a trusted friend watch it like a hawk.”

Dr. Grody-Patinkin said date-rape drugs, typically used to commit sexual assault, come in many forms. “To a certain extent these are really different drugs and they have different effects,” Grody-Patinkin said. “The most common story is that ‘I had a drink or however many drinks but I was so much more intoxicated or incoherent than I should have been.’”

“The second thing that’s fairly common is memory loss or just a blackout, no recollection of events that occurred. A lot of times nausea, vomiting or a really bad hangover (result) that doesn’t correlate with the amount of alcohol consumed,” she said.

Grody-Patinkin said victims of date rape drugs often don’t report incidents. She urged anyone who thinks they’ve consumed a drug, or anyone who’s been sexually assaulted, to go to the clinic. SEARHC can test for the substances. A person who believes they’ve been sexually assaulted should refrain from bathing, urinating or changing clothes and should instead go to a clinic or hospital immediately, she said.

Police interviewed Pioneer bartender Kevin Thompson, who was working Friday night. Thompson told the CVN there were up to 30 patrons in the bar and he didn’t notice any unusual behavior.

 
 

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