Reports of drugged drinks rise at Boston bars

Boston authorities said they have seen an increase in alleged incidents where bar patrons report becoming sick or hospitalized after drinking, with nearly a dozen reported between April and June.
2:45 | 06/29/22

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>>> WE'RE BACK NOW WITH A WARNING AS WE HEAD INTO THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND. THE FEAR OF DRINKS BEING DRUGGED GROWING IN BOSTON AFTER MORE WOMEN HAVE COME FORWARD WITH THEIR TERRIFYING STORIES. IT'S A STORY WE FIRST SAW IN "THE BOSTON GLOBE" AND ERIELLE RESHEF HAS MORE FOR US. >> Reporter: GOOD MORNING. THIS IS REALLY SCARY. BOSTON POLICE SAY THEY'RE AWARE OF MULTIPLE CLAIMS FROM WOMEN WHO SAY THEIR DRINKS WERE SPIKED LEAVING THEM SICK OR EVEN IN THE HOSPITAL. NOW AHEAD OF THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND AUTHORITIES ARE URGING EVERYONE TO BE AWARE THAT DANGEROUS SCENTLESS COLORLESS AND TASTELESS DRUGS CAN BE DROPPED INTO YOUR DRINK WITHOUT YOU KNOWING. THIS MORNING, POLICE ISSUING A STARK WARNING TO BE ON ALERT IF YOU'RE PLANNING TO HEAD OUT TO BARS THIS FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND. >> I WAS ABSOLUTELY DRUGGED. >> Reporter: 36-YEAR-OLD MOM ASHLEY NICHOLS SAYS A FUN NIGHT OUT TOOK A DANGEROUS TURN LANDING HER IN THE HOSPITAL. >> IT WAS LIKE FINE HAVING A GOOD TIME TO COMPLETELY INCAPACITATED. LEGLESS. IN A MATTER OF LIKE TEN MINUTES AND MY HUSBAND AND MY BABY JUST LOOKING AT ME AND LIKE THAT WAS THE SCARIEST PART BECAUSE IT WAS LIKE WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE? >> Reporter: BOSTON AUTHORITIES SAY SHE'S NOT ALONE IN SUSPECTING HER DRINK WAS SPIKED. THEY'RE SEEING A RASH OF ALLEGED INCIDENTS NEARLY A DOZEN REPORTED BETWEEN APRIL AND JUNE WHERE BAR PATRONS REPORT BECOMING SICK OR HOSPITALIZED AFTER DRINKING. >> I HAD ONE DRINK. I REMEMBER LIKE GOING TO THE BATHROOM WITH MY COUSIN AND THEN I DON'T REMEMBER ANYTHING AFTER THAT AT ALL. >> Reporter: THIS 25-YEAR-OLD WOMAN TELLING OUR AFFILIATE WCVB'S INVESTIGATIVE TEAM SHE BLACKED OUT AFTER HAVING A DRINK AT A BOSTON AREA BAR. HER COUSIN CALLING AN AMBULANCE AFTER SHE SEEMED TO BE SLIPPING IN AND OUT OF CONSCIOUSNESS. EXPERTS WARN DRUGS LIKE BENZODIAZEPINES, GHB AND KETAMINE ALL TASTELESS, COLORLESS AND ODORLESS CAN BE DROPPED INTO DRINKS LEAVING THOSE WHO CONSUME THEM DISORIENTED. >> FOR TEN MINUTES AFTER INGESTING IT ALL OF A SUDDEN NOW YOU'RE DISINHIBITED. YOU ARE INTOXICATED. YOU ARE IMPAIRED, RIGHT? YOU CAN'T SPEAK. YOUR BALANCE IS OFF. >> Reporter: ASHLEY SAYS HER STORY IS A REMINDER NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE TO GO OUT WITH PEOPLE YOU TRUST AND STAY AWARE. >> IT'S ALL I CAN SAY IS SURROUND YOURSELF WITH GOOD PEOPLE, GOOD FRIENDS AND DON'T THINK IT CAN'T HAPPEN TO YOU. >> Reporter: IT IS SUCH GOOD ADVICE AND SUCH AN IMPORTANT REMINDER. HOW CAN YOU PROTECT YOURSELF? STICK WITH YOUR FRIENDS THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT. TRY NOT TO SEPARATE FROM THEM. COVER YOUR DRINK WHEN POSSIBLE AND KEEP YOUR EYES ON IT AT ALL TIMES. IF YOU'VE LET IT OUT OF YOUR SIGHT LET IT GO AND GET A NEW

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