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IUPUI warns of date rape drugs possibly on campus

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INDIANAPOLIS -

Police are warning students about a date rape drug possibly being sold on campus.

IUPUI police want to get the word out that these drugs are out there and they could end up in your drink or your friend's drink, if you're not carefully watching.

"It's out there. It could show up anywhere," said IUPUI Police Officer David Briggs.

Apparently it has, according to police, who said someone attempted to sell date rape drugs on campus recently.

"That's terrifying. That's absolutely terrifying," said IUPUI Junior Brianna Gough.

Gough said she's always tried to be careful when she's out at a party or a bar.

"Anytime I'm getting a drink, if somebody wants to buy me a drink, we'll go to the bar together. And I make sure I see the bartender make it," explained Gough.

Her concern, she said, has only grown after she explained a friend was drugged. Thankfully, Gough said the woman ended up with friends who helped her.

"She ended up coming home with us," Gough explained.

She said she knows firsthand it can happen and has.

"It would be, in my opinion, extremely easy for somebody to just slip you a drug and you never know it," said Gough.

That's the problem, according to police.

"They're colorless. They're odorless, tasteless and so you would never know if someone had spiked your drink," Briggs said.

According to police, the drugs can come in pill or liquid form.

"You can become unconscious and, in a lot of cases, don't remember what happened the next day," said Briggs.

"I'm always conscious of who's buying me drinks and who's bringing me drinks and things like that. I try to pay attention to that," said IUPUI senior Haley Linn.

Not everyone does, though.

"I don't think it's ever necessarily on someone's mind about thinking that their drink might get slipped something in," Linn added.

It should, though, said police because these drugs are out there.

"A lot of times, I don't take shots from strangers anymore, ever," said Gough.

A big sign to look for, police say, is if you or your friend start to feel the effects of the alcohol you're drinking become much stronger, chances are you have been slipped one of these drugs and should get to a doctor or hospital right away.

More info on date rape drugs.

Tips To Remember:

· Don't accept drinks from people you don't know.

· Don't drink from a container you didn't open yourself.

· Don't leave your drink unattended.

· If you or your friend seem more intoxicated than what the amount of alcohol consumed would warrant seek medical attention.

If you have any information about the presence of any illegal substances on campus or any suspicious or criminal activity please contact the IU police at (317) 274-7911.

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