As reports of fortified drinks at local Boston bars spread on social media, police urge victims to report incidents

As Boston rooftop tweets go viral, Boston police are urging victims to report the incidents.

In a community alert, the Boston Police Department said it was aware of “numerous social media posts from various people who report experiencing alcohol spikes in area bars.”

Police did not specify which social media posts they were referring to, but pointed to the danger of drugs like Rohypnol, GHB and ketamine which are odorless, colorless and tasteless.

Drugs can cause disorientation, confusion, temporary paralysis or loss of consciousness, making the person who ingests them vulnerable.

The BPD has provided a list of tips to prevent your drink from being spiked, including only taking drinks from a bartender or server, watching your drink at all times, keeping your hand on top of your drink when you’re not looking at it and by testing your drinks with test strips that show the presence of drugs.

If at any time during the evening you feel dizzy, nauseous, dizzy or strange in any way, the police advise you to seek help immediately.

The BPD also asks people to be careful of their friends and other people in social settings by being aware of any unusual behavior and watching out for strangers who try to alienate someone from their friends.

Also, if anyone sees someone in distress walking alone at night or not dressing appropriately for the weather, the BPD asks you to call them immediately.

The Boston City Licensing Commission has taken action to prevent drinks from being spiked, according to the BPD.

The council issued a notice to licensees in November last year reminding them that it is their responsibility to run a business that is safe for their customers and free from illegal activity. This includes notifying the police when there is suspicious or predatory behavior or when they are kicking out a seriously intoxicated person.

The council also recommends installing surveillance cameras and posting information on how to protect themselves from fortified drinks in obvious places around their establishments.

Failure to comply with council requests will result in disciplinary action, according to the community alert, which could include license suspension.

The Boston police aren’t the only state department issuing warnings about doped drinks.

The Barnstable Police Department issued a statement last week alerting residents and visitors to the town of Cape Cod that they had received reports that patrons of local bars were feeling the effects of possible date rape drugs.

Boston police are asking victims of alcohol abuse to report the incident by calling 911 or going to any Boston police station.

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