Buena Vista University students received a campus alert recently regarding the substances Rohypnol, GHB, or Ketamine possibly observed around campus, according to a report in this week's student online newspaper, The Tack. After a mid-month weekend, several students reportedly experienced some symptoms similar to those seen with such drugs, which can include rapid intoxication, nausea, and memory loss, although there are is no concrete evidence confirming that the drugs were consumed, the report indicates.
The drugs are often informally known as "roofies" or "date rape drugs," which can be dissolved in liquid and consumed without the victim's knowledge. The students have all apparently recovered. Campus security officials sent out the warning as a precaution.
Campus security has worked with the students reporting symptoms to retrace their steps, and urge anyone with information on abuse of such drugs to contact security or their local law enforcement.
"We would ask that if anybody has any knowledge of people who are supplying or providing of this drug or these drugs that they would contact us. They can do so anonymously. We need to put a stop to this. This is something we are taking very seriously, and we will look at all options that are available to us if we find out who is responsible," BVU Director of Security Mark Kirkholm is quoted in The Tack.
Kirkholm said he cannot release any information on the cases involving students, but shared some advice with the Pilot-Tribune on avoiding the risk of being drugged with "roofie" type substances.
"People should always be aware of their surroundings - do not accept drinks from people you do not know, do not leave a drink unattended, and pour your own drink at a party," he said. "It's a good idea to use a buddy system when socializing, and if anyone is showing symptoms of being drugged, get them to medical care immediately. This might be dizziness, nausea, problems with breathing or motion - or simply a person who seems very intoxicated in comparison with the amount of alcohol consumed."
Kirkholm adds that using "roofie" drugs is not limited to alcohol - they could be inserted into water, soft drinks, coffee or any other consumable liquid.