CDA Police warn people to watch their drinks at bars

CDA Police warn people to watch their drinks at bars

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department is warning people to watch their drinks after receiving multiple reports from men and women who feel they have been drugged at different bars around town.

The Police Department is reminding people that there are several steps you can take to avoid being a victim and to stay safe when you go to the bars:

Go with friends you know and trust. Friends can look out for each other to ensure everyone stays safe.

Order your own drinks. Get your drinks from the bartender no matter who’s paying. If possible, watch as your drinks are prepared and delivered.

Don’t leave your drink unattended. Drugs can be pills, powder, and liquid and can be added to a cup in a split second while you’re not paying attention.

Look for a change in flavor. Often when a drug is added to a drink, it will taste bitter or sour. If the flavor of your drink has changed, don’t drink it.

Look out for blue drinks. Some drugs, like Rohypnol, can have a dye in them that will change the color of the drink to blue. If you didn’t order a blue drink, don’t drink it.

Drink from the original container. Drinks that are served in the original container, such as bottled beer, are much less likely to be tampered with.

Cover your cup. If you are talking to a group of people while holding a drink, cover it with your hand.