Date rape drug danger - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Date rape drug danger

Less than a year ago, 21-year-old Ashley Darby died after a night out in Nashville.

Tara Glover, Darby's sister says, "Her friends say she was at this bar and all she had drank was water and she asked the bartender to refill her water and he said I won't fill it up but you know I'll fix you some so he went to the back and he fixed it."

Soon after, Ashley had a massive headache and began vomiting.

All eyes turned toward her drink.

Darby's boyfriend Chad Oakley says, "There are several things that we were told that night and that led us up to believe that something could have been dropped."

More and more Mid-South women report drugs being dropped in their drinks -- most commonly Gamma Hydroxy Butyrate, often called GHB, and ketamine, or "Special K".

Many times the drugs lead to date rape!

Francisco Guerra with DrinkSafe Technology says, "You can't tell what a date rapist looks like because there is no composite of one, there is no profile of one,"

Francisco Guerra's friend was date raped six years ago.

Someone slipped a drug into her drink...sending her spiraling into a semi-comatose state.

Guerra continues, "It's sad, there are thousands of stories that get written every month from women saying this has happened to me."

Guerra decided to do something about it...and turned to technology to make it happen!

"I decided to come up with a test card that's cheap to make, that can be distributed for free literally," continues Guerra.

It's called the Drink Safe Coaster.

Can you tell which of these drinks has been spiked?

With the Drink Safe Coaster -- Guerra says you can!

Guerra says, "I'm going to take some of this and spike...you saw me spike a few seconds ago. When you put it on if it starts to turn blue the same color as that you know there's an agent present. You need to return the drink to the bartender and get out!"

Guerra has been distributing Drink Safe Coasters to universities and law enforcement agencies for five years now...

And contrary to popular belief, he's learned women aren't the only potential victims.

"It happens to men too, it's a neat way to get rid of the competition at the bar," continues Guerra.

While these coasters may provide comfort, you should always use caution and common sense.

Guerra advises, "Be aware of your surroundings because sometimes you're not the one who's in control. Somebody else is looking out."

A lesson Ashley Darby's friends and family learned...too late.

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