My roofie experience :/

  • CyclingRi

    Posts: 271

    Apr 27, 2015 6:32 PM GMT
    As a college student, I didn’t think anything bad would ever happen to me. No matter how many horror stories I heard about girls or guys getting taken advantage of or how often I heard about the effects of drinking or blacking out from drinking too much, I never thought things like that could happen to me. I, like so many other college guys out there, thought I was invincible, and I thought I could do whatever I wanted and never face any repercussions.

    But this Saturday night, I was proven wrong, and my perception of drinking is now, changed forever.
    I got home from gym, all pumped up that I will see my friends, and I was getting ready to have a great night.

    I went to the bar where we are usually hanging out. I'm a regular guest there so I got few free drinks, one from DJ, and 3 or 4 from a waiter. I was little buzzed and me and my group of friends have decided to go to friends appartment.

    I remember that when I was leaving the bar, guy who's working there as a security guard patted my back and asked me with a smile on his face why am I leaving already. I thought that was a little strange, but I didn't care about that. I remember walking to the apartment and having a drink with my friends...having a good time...and boom, all the sudden, black out.

    I woke up next morning in the hospital with a horrible headache. It was like a scene from some bad movie. My body had never felt like that before. I was dizzy, I had blurred vision, I still felt loopy and I was generally confused about everything that was going on. This feeling was different than a hangover; it was 10 times worse. I knew something was wrong, and I needed to figure out what it was. I wasn't able to speak for few minutes and finally, doctor entered my room. He started explaining to me how I've ended up in hospital.

    After getting multiple tests done, including blood work, vision tests, the doctor came back to my room with startling news: I had been roofied.

    He told me that he found Rohypnol, also known as roofies or the date-rape drug, in my system, and a lot of it. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Rohypnol, it is a pill that can be slipped into drinks, which makes the drinker black out and act extremely intoxicated. Rohypnol also affects your memory, even your memory of events that happened before you have the pill in your body. The pill can sometimes make your pupils increase in size and cause vomiting, a coma and even death.

    This was such a scary moment for me, but it made a lot of sense. I knew I had not drank enough to black out, so the fact that I had been roofied was believable.

    Luckily, my friends were with me whole night. My buddy told me that I was in a really happy mood and that I went to the bathroom and that I was in a bathroom over 20 minutes. They've decided to go and look what's happening and they've found me laying on bathroom floor in my vomit, and I was bleeding from my nose. If I hadn't had my friends by my side, someone could have easily take advantage of me, or worst, if they didn't went and look out for me, I would choke in my own puke and blood.
    I cannot be thankful enough for having such great friends who have my back and are watching out for me no matter what untill the ambulance picked me up.

    The important message to learn from my story is that situations like this can happen to anyone and anywhere. No matter how safe you feel or no matter how much you trust the people around you, there’s always a chance it could happen to you. Whenever you're consuming alcohol, it is so important to constantly keep an eye on your drink.
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    Apr 27, 2015 6:51 PM GMT
    Horrifying. But I wouldn't let it stop me from having fun. Even before roofies, I never let my drink out of sight. I'd not even let friends watch it--though I'd do that for them--because I never felt they pay attention as well as I would for myself or for them. Nor do I--well, did I, as it doesn't happen anymore, damn it to hell--let anyone buy me a drink. From the time the bartender is pouring, my eye is on it.

    I find manipulators disgusting enough never mind that someone would try to drug someone else to control them. That's pathological, there's a lot out there, be careful. Good for you for surviving this. Lesson learned. Finish your drink before you hit the dance floor and take your drink with you to pee. If for any reason your eye is ever not on your drink. Forget it. Leave it there. Buy a new one. And if there's ever the slightest miss-taste, don't keep sipping, trying to second guess yourself. Listen to your gut instead.
  • Sincityfan

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    Apr 27, 2015 8:11 PM GMT
    ........Kids these days.
    This drug has been out for decades. You should know better by now.
    I believe health class is required for all high school kids in one form or another, yet things like this still happen.
    NEVER accept a drink that you did not see the bartender prepare himself, an open one anyways.
    And always have a buddy with you...
    Those are basic rules for surviving the club/bar/party scene.

    It's great that nothing happened to you, but try not to be so careless next time. You might not be so lucky the next time.
  • Suetonius

    Posts: 2181

    Apr 27, 2015 10:34 PM GMT
    Sounds terrible. You have learned your lesson about drinks from strangers. Try to forget about it next time you are out (while being more cautious.)