Haven’t binge drinking yet? Police suggest avoiding ‘spiked drinks’

CNN (CNN) – Bargoers are being advised to avoid “spiked drinks” in the Washington area after multiple reports of users experiencing increased blood pressure, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. Police in Maryland and Virginia are…

Haven't binge drinking yet? Police suggest avoiding 'spiked drinks'

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(CNN) – Bargoers are being advised to avoid “spiked drinks” in the Washington area after multiple reports of users experiencing increased blood pressure, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.

Police in Maryland and Virginia are warning area residents to avoid making outfited drinks for their friends after several incidents, according to a Washington Post report.

In a statement to CNN, the Montgomery County Police Department said that they were investigating a “recent pattern of incidents” in which multiple adults became ill after consuming outficed alcoholic beverages.

“No one has been seriously injured,” the statement reads.

“We encourage all citizens to contact the authorities in the event they suspect such spiked drinks. Our Medical Detail is on scene investigating.”

Authorities in Montgomery County have received several complaints over the last few weeks where people “became ill from outficed beverages and some have become violently ill,” the police department said in the statement.

Police said the incidents “are all thought to be the same ” and are urging residents to report any suspicious behavior to the authorities immediately.

Police also advised residents that they should seek medical assistance if they noticed unusual symptoms consistent with consuming an unknown spiked drink.

In a separate statement to CNN, the Fairfax County Police Department said that “we have had reports of multiple adults becoming sick after consuming an out-of-control alcoholic beverage. These reports appear to be of varying degrees of intoxication, ranging from borderline to completely incapacitated.

“We are investigating the circumstances behind these reports and are asking the public to call 911 if they suspect a drink has been spiked.”

Sheffield Golf and Country Club in Arlington, Virginia issued a statement to CNN on Tuesday saying that a health inspector was on its premises for a scheduled inspection on Monday, October 1. During the inspection the inspector found “multiple examples of the staff used the regular watering holes on our premises to provide alcohol to patrons.”

At a later time, Sheffield said that all food service alcohol service permits were revoked for the golf course.

According to Sheffield’s statement, the grounds were now “under the purview of the City of Arlington’s Alcoholic Beverage Control.”

And a spokesperson for Fairfax County said that “recent allegations of the potential use of spiked drinks at Sheffield Golf and Country Club are being investigated and public safety is our top priority.”

A spokesperson for Fairfax County police said they were not aware of the claims about the golf course.

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