George Street Association comments on recent report of date rape drugging


The George Street Association (GSA) has been aware of reported date rape drug incidents at bars in the downtown area, some on George Street and some not.  While this most recent incident did not occur at a member establishment, such incidents are obviously of great concern to our members, whose livelihoods depend on providing a safe environment for their patrons.

Although there is no substitute for individual vigilance, we do want to inform the public of what our Association members have been doing to minimize the risk of such incidents happening. The public should know that we take all reported incidents seriously and in all cases they are reported to the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary for investigation. Our members also advise doormen, bartenders and other staff to be on the lookout for persons who appear to be in trouble and require them to contact police or emergency services should they suspect a drugging. The majority of our member bars make use of security cameras to protect staff and patrons and these recordings are routinely made available to police to follow through with their investigations. This underscores the reason why anyone who feels they may have been drugged should contact the police immediately.

With respect to unsubstantiated allegations that bartenders are sometimes paid by others to administer date rape drugs, we find these comments to be unhelpful speculation. We have every confidence in our staff and have the resources to monitor their activities. We believe that this is an unlikely scenario.

Understanding that one such incident is one too many, we want the public to know that to our knowledge there have only been a handful of reported cases. For those individuals who are responsible for these incidents, be advised that, should you be caught, you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law by our Association.

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Royal Newfoundland Constabulary

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