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Date Rape Drugs

Date rape drugs. It’s one of those things that you think could never happen to you if you’re careful. If you don’t take a drink from a stranger, stick with friends and watch your drink being poured, it could never happen. Right?

Until last weekend, I would have agreed. Last weekend two girl friends and I went to a beer festival close to my place. We pregamed by having a drink at my place before going. Standard. We planned ahead by calling Uber to take us there.

The beer glasses they handed out upon entry were the size of a double shot glass. None of us drank a lot while there. We ran into several of my guy friends so we hung out and chatted with them. I had a light beer, a dark beer and two cups of wine. We left to hang out with a friend of mine and I started feeling bad. I was so hot I laid on his bathroom floor sweating. My two girl friends – Ashley and Laura – came to check on me and I remember puking two times.

I vaguely remember being carried and almost dropped on the way to the cab by one of the guys. I remember Ashley telling me the cab was there and I face planted in the cab across the seats. The next thing I remember was her shaking me to make sure I was still breathing and telling me to sit up because we were at my place. I remember her stepping out of the elevator with me, holding me like a little kid. After that all I remember is waking up to Laura sitting beside me at my desk, watching me sleep. At that point I was fairly out of it, but sober. I thought I had just drank way too much and I got sick. After I got out of bed I took a shower. About that time Ashley came back and gave me something to make me not throw up. Perk of having a friend be a nurse. I ate a little bit and headed back to bed and they both left. Around 3AM I woke up and I was sick again.

Ashley had complained of a bad headache and at one point Laura felt sick. Again, we just thought that I somehow drank a lot and they just both felt bad.

On Sunday they both text to check on me and make sure I was feeling okay. I felt very tired and slept off and on till about 5PM. Ashley told me that she felt like she was floating above her body while she was at work, so she had her urine tested. It came back positive for benzos (benzodiazepines).

Some things to note about Benzos that scared the F out of me after researching:

She recommended that I get tested just to make sure everything was okay. The results were the same as hers…

Looking back, I don’t believe there is anything we could have done differently. I had my glass in front of my face the entire time I was holding it, I watched each vendor pour.. There is nothing that we could have done differently, except, not go to the festival. Ashley’s first thought was that maybe one of my guy friends did it, but she ruled that out when she realized that she didn’t even remember seeing him at the festival, which means it was already working on her.

How scary is that?! It freaks me out just typing all of this out. I have never blacked out. I have always been the type to get sick versus blacking out. I don’t like knowing that things happened that I absolutely do not remember. The other scary part is that I am on two anti-depressants. I could have died, or ended up in the hospital in critical condition. You just never know what kind of messed up people are out there. This is why it it so important to stick with friends as well.

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