COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – The Coeur d’Alene Police Department wrote in a Facebook post Friday that they have received reports from both men and women who feel they have been drugged after drinking at different bars in the Coeur d’Alene area.
KREM talked with the police and a local bar owner to see what they were doing about it.
Moose Lounge general manager, Steve Manrique is used to having a busy bar and he said safety always comes first. And with reports of bar goers possibly being drugged at other bars around town, he reminded his staff to be even more vigilant.
"Be on alert, make sure we are paying attention to what's going on especially when people are at the point where they are intoxicated," said Manrique.
Manrique knows that this holiday weekend will be busy and he is going to have to deal with a lot of people.
"Probably see lots of crowds of people downtown probably for the next five days. So probably going to be pretty busy...unfamiliar patrons that come into the bar is what you're going to see, if someone is acting weird, or by themselves or something like that is typically what you want to look for," said Manrique.
He wants to make sure the Moose Lounge is the safest place possible, and is making sure to let his staff know to keep an eye out, and try to get the patrons home safe.
In light of the upcoming holiday, the CdA Police Department and local bar owners said they want everyone to have a safe and happy 4th of July. They posted several steps on Facebook you can take to avoid being a victim and stay safe when you go to any bar:
- Go with friends you know and trust. Friends can look out for each other to ensure everyone stays safe.
- Order your own drinks. Get your drinks from the bartender no matter who is paying for it. If possible, watch as your drink is being prepared and delivered.
- Do not leave your drink unattended. Drugs can be pills, powder and liquid which can be added to a drink in a split second while you are not paying attention.
- Look for a change in flavor. Often when a drug is added to a drink, it will taste bitter or sour. If the flavor of your drink has changed, do not drink it.
- Look out for blue drinks. Some drugs, like Rohypnol, can have a dye in them that will change the color of the drink. If you did not order a blue drink, do not drink it.
- Drink from the original container. Drinks that are served in the original container, like bottled beer, are must less likely to be tampered with.
- Cover your cup. If you are talking to a group of people while holding a drink, cover it with your hand.
- Be aware of sudden feelings of drunkenness. If you suddenly feel very intoxicated and have not had much to drink, talk with someone about how you feel and stop drinking for the rest of the night.
- Be alert for anyone behaving strangely. Be aware if someone is very aggressive or pressuring you to do things you are not comfortable with. Alert friends and bar staff of the issue.
- Have a designated driver. Having a designated driver not only ensures everyone gets home safe, but the designated driver can also help watch for suspicious behavior.