Nanaimo RCMP are reminding nightclub patrons to keep an eye on their drinks, as they investigate multiple incidents of spiked drinks in Nanaimo last weekend.
The incidents occurred on the evenings of Friday, May 6th and Saturday, May 7th at two different downtown Nanaimo nightclubs.
On May 6th, BC paramedics responded to a call involving two individuals outside a nightclub who appeared to be extremely intoxicated.
The incident required both people to be hospitalized, and subsequent investigation determined the victims may have ingested an intoxicating substance without their knowledge or consent.
Later, officers learned up to six people ingested spiked drinks, but believe there may be more victims that have not yet come forward.
“These situations can occur at any time and anywhere,” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.
“As a result, it is extremely important that club-goers be extremely watchful of their drinks.”
In order to ensure public safety, RCMP have provided the following tips:
- Always keep your drink in sight
- Never accept a drink from someone that you do not know. Remember, spiked drinks can happen in any social settings and do not only occur at nightclubs;
- When on the dance floor or washroom, have a designated person be responsible for your drink; and
- If you suddenly become light-headed, nauseous and are having difficulty breathing, do not allow yourself to become isolated. Alert your friends immediately to the situation and if necessary, seek medical attention
Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to contact the Nanaimo RCMP at (250) 754-2345.