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College students report spiked drinks at New Orleans bars

October 5, 2021 GMT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Several students at two universities in New Orleans have reported to authorities that they believe their drinks were spiked at bars near those campuses, police said.

The police chiefs at Loyola University New Orleans and Tulane University said in separate emails that their officers were helping the city’s police department investigate the incidents, The Times Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reported Tuesday.

“We are concerned that students, particularly minors, may have been served illegal substances without their knowledge or consent, putting them in danger,” Loyola’s chief Todd Warren wrote in a message to the university community.

Tulane Police Chief Kirk Bouyelas said officers were probing the possibility that “one or more individuals (are) preying on students.” Officials at the universities haven’t said whether any of the students who think they were drugged were also sexually assaulted.

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The investigation has included a raid on one student hotspot, according to Warren.

Bouyelas recommended that students go out in groups. He also advised them to watch their drinks as they are prepared and always keep the drinks with them.

Signs of being “roofied,” or having a drink drugged, include excessive sweating, breathing problems and having an “out-of-body” experience, Warren said.