From Reddit Asheville, a local woman posts that she suspects her drink was drugged at a downtown Asheville bar this past weekend:
I will spare you the details, but I want to share with anyone who goes out to bars that someone put some kind of drug in my drink this past Saturday night while I was hanging out with friends at the Imperial Lounge. Fortunately, my friends got me home safe when they realized I was seriously fucked the fuck up. It’s taken me two days to piece together the events at the end of my evening and to lead me to this conclusion, which I am sure about.
Sadly, I have discovered, talking to friends, that this is a woefully common occurance around town. I guess I should have known better, and I know I left my drink unattended when I went to smoke and pee, feeling as safe as we all often do in Asheville.
This incident and the others mentioned in the Reddit comments are unconfirmed. If anyone suspects they’ve ingested a drugged drink, they need to make a report with the Asheville Police Department.
Also, Jesse Ratliff of The Imperial Life wants to assure people that his establishment is a safe, well-lit environment for patrons. And he’s got cameras. From Jesse:
We’d like to offer our surveillance footage and any help substantiating the allegation of drugging.
Finally, Our VOICE, a local organization that serves area people affected by sexual assault and abuse, has offered a “Bar Outreach” program since 2008, when the organization says that its staff “noticed a rise in the number of reports of drug facilitated sexual assault (DFSA).”
UPDATED 2/6: Our VOICE adds that anyone who thinks he or she has been drugged can make an anonymous “blind report” to Our VOICE: “The more reports we can send to the police, the more information they can have to possibly do something about this issue.”
If you think you have been the victim of a drugging, regardless if it ended in an assault, it is still helpful to make a report. You can go to the police, or you can contact us at Our VOICE. We have something called a Blind Report, you can come into the office or do it over the phone. Basically how it works is that you give us as little or as much information about the incident, and we submit it to a contact with the police. This is totally anonymous. The more reports we can send to the police, the more information they can have to possible do something about this issue.
We are in no way, trying to slander certain establishments, but please know that this can happen anywhere to anyone. Please watch your drinks and if you are with friends who are a little tipsy, keep an eye on them and their drinks. We can work together to keep each other safe. If you have questions, or wish to make a blind report, feel free to call Our VOICE at 828-252-0562.