Club Drug Prevention

The Department of Health is now handing out thousands of napkins to bars in Tallahassee and beyond, urging women to watch their drinks.

Carla Alvarez enjoys working out, and she also enjoys going clubbing, but one night the fun stopped when someone put drugs in a friend's drink.

Carla Alvarez says, "She just seemed completely drunk and no control of her motions or what was going on, and the next morning she couldn't really remember the night."

Carla's friend made it home safely, but many bar patrons aren't so lucky.

More than 13,000 people reported being sexually assaulted last year in Florida and the State Department of Health believes at least some of them were the victims of spiked drinks. The agency is sending out more than a million of these cocktail napkins to bars around the state in an effort to warn club-goers to watch their drinks.

"Cocktail napkins are a way to reach our audience in an area of great vulnerability,” says Lindsay Fodges of the Florida Department of Health.

As we know, nightspots happen to be a place where roofies or ghb drugs can be slipped into drinks, leaving the that victim helpless and vulnerable to sexual assault the cocktail napkins say do not open, with the idea that actually will make people open them.

Inside, they have the number for the statewide sexual violence hotline it seems to be working. Calls to the hotline have gone up more than400 percent in past years when similar cocktail napkin warnings went out during college breaks.

Carla says her friend's ordeal taught her a hard lesson.

"I make sure my drink's always with me, and if I don't take it, I make sure my friend has it, and we don't leave it on the counter to go dance or do anything like that."

The state hopes these cocktail napkins will convince others to take that advice to heart. Sixteen Tallahassee bars and nightclubs are serving up the cocktail napkins. The price tag statewide? About $20,000. It's funded by the Centers for Disease Control.


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