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'Someone Slipped My Niece the Date-Rape Drug!'

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When Makeda Martin invited her nieces -- ages 18 and 22 -- over for an impromptu vacation at her Vancouver, Canada, home, little did she know that the events that soon followed would leave everyone stunned and speechless. In short: Someone slipped one of her nieces the date-rape drug at a local club.
Momlogic wanted to get the full story about Martin's attempt to find out exactly how her niece was slipped the drug. Here, she explains what happened in her own words. 

My two nieces (both very attractive) had come for a visit from Ontario, Canada. At the time, there was a great deal going on in Vancouver regarding women and safety. I pride myself in being an educated but streetwise woman, so without hesitation I brought my nieces up to speed. I read the girls the riot act before they left the house. I told them to be very careful, that the date-rape drug was all over the club scene and that they should not leave their drinks unattended and not let anyone buy them a drink unless they were standing with them at the bar and saw it straight into their hands. 

Within 24 hours, confirmation came that I was not being too cautious. But who would have thought events would unfold as they did? 

I had purchased concert tickets for all of us, but when the time came, I was simply too tired to go. (I had been working 14 to 16 days on a local film project.) So I called a friend of mine to ask if he and his brother would accompany my nieces to the show. They -- two respectable, church-going young men (also actors) -- were up for the task. I knew the girls would be in good company and that I could stay home and get some much-needed rest.

Not long after, my phone rang. A frantic voice at the end was saying that I had to come downtown, because my younger niece was in the "paddy wagon." I thought it was a joke. ("D.," one of the young men my nieces were with, is quite the comedian.) But he explained quickly that it was no joke, and I could tell by the now-frightened tone in his voice that he was serious. He said that my younger niece had started freaking out on her sister, and they'd started to fight. 

I rushed out of the house. I had a brief chat with the local police, offered my sincere apologies to my friend for my nieces' behavior, and in under 10 minutes we were on our way home. The girls were a crazy mess -- which was totally unlike them. The elder of the two said that they hadn't been at the club for long and had had only one drink, so it wasn't about the alcohol. She said that her sister had just started freaking out, and that her efforts to contain her had been met with hostility. The bouncers tried to calm them down, to no avail. They left the club, and their behavior attracted enough attention that they were picked up by the police.

Once in my car, they started going at one another -- one in the front seat, one in the back. My niece in the back was in a terrible state. I knew that something had gone terribly wrong. While we were stopped at a traffic light a few blocks from my home (and, thank God, the local hospital), my younger niece jumped out of the car just as I accelerated. I drove over her ankle; she was screaming horrifically.

The situation was starting to resemble a bad movie. After some effort, I got everyone back into the car and proceeded directly to the hospital. I got my niece admitted and she was put into a waiting area for the attending physician. He arrived, dressed the gaping wound in her ankle, then informed me that my niece was way too "high" to have any other medicine in her system. He told me to keep a close watch on her through the night, and that if anything should change, I should call 911 and have her admitted again.

"Too high"?! The next day when the now-calm girls and I had our inevitable "briefing," I was told that my younger niece had gone to the restroom and had left her drink unattended at the bar. Clearly, something had been slipped into her drink, because within no time she had started feeling totally out of sorts -- and then lost control. Luckily, she was in good company and got out of the club before something worse happened. But needless to say, I called my sister right away and told her she needed to come and get her girls. 

Moms, what do you think? How would you have handled this situation, and how do you educate your daughters about the dangers of the date-rape drug -- and rape in general?

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Matt June 23, 2010, 5:26 AM

No just because she left her drink unattended doesn’t mean someone slipped her rufies. If you ordered a tox-screen and it said she had rufies in her system then that’s one thing but you didn’t. Your niece probably went to get high in the bathroom and is to shameful to admit it and you’re to naive to see that.

Jennifer June 23, 2010, 7:58 AM

My Mom always taught my sister and I to get our own drinks, keep a hand over our drink while walking through crowds, and if we left our drink unattended for even just a minute, to get a new one.

Sandra June 23, 2010, 8:47 AM

I have to agree with Matt. I have seen the effects of the date rape drug, and her behavior sounds nothing like it.

Ane June 23, 2010, 8:58 AM

That sounds like a terrible night! I am afraid to even think that that could have been my daughter! OMG! You ran over her ankle?!

You should have asked for a tox screen to know exactly what drug was slipped into her drink.. But other than that, I thought you handled it pretty well. It sounded like you were very calm and in control and you knew exactly what to do. Your nieces are lucky they got home fine..

John R Blundell June 23, 2010, 9:28 AM

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Anonymous June 23, 2010, 12:29 PM

I’m just not sure that something was slipped into her drink. You really should of had her tested while in the ER.

Rob G June 23, 2010, 11:19 PM

I really appreciate the seriousness of this article and there are a lot of good things people can learn here.

However what you’re describing doesn’t sound at all like the side effects of any of the “date rape” drugs. If you ever see behavior like that again in somebody you should take them to the hospital and find out exactly what’s wrong with them.

Dee June 28, 2010, 7:22 AM

This doesn’t sound like the date rape drug. I have experienced this once in a bar and you almost are like sleepwalking. You can’t see anything, or anyone, and you don’t have any control of your body. It is a terrible experience, thats why it’s so easy to rape a person in this manner. I was with a group of people in a bar, and when i came up missing they went looking for me. I was found at the back of the club w/some guy about to rape me. He got away, and i couldn’t remember a thing, only that we danced. All women should heed the advice of not accepting drinks or leaving drinks unattended.

Cher Gauvin August 17, 2010, 7:31 PM

Me and my son were drugged a few years ago over a few week period.I am finding a lot of mental and physical thing are happening even though it has been a while .I need to know what the long term effects are,or where can I get this info.
Thank you.

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