A young woman has urged Melbourne club patrons to stay safe after claiming her friend fell unconscious following a suspected ‘date rape’ drug spiking.
Ruby, 19, claims two men offered her and her friends chewing gum at Revolver Upstairs in Prahran on Sunday, which she refused
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“They asked me if I wanted a lemonade vodka before they offered the chewie,” she said.
While she was sceptical, a male friend – who she says “trusts everyone” – took a piece of gum.
An hour later, she says he suffered several seizures.
A Revolver Upstairs spokeswoman told 7NEWS.com.au the club was “aware of the alleged incident and have been in contact with concerned parties”.
“We are working with Victoria Police to identify the alleged perpetrators using our extensive CCTV system and Scantek ID scanning system.”
She said the club “strives to create a safe environment and has training, policies and protocols to minimise antisocial and predatory behaviour, as well as systems to take action with the relevant authorities when incidents do occur”.
The Prahran venue had never received reports of laced chewing gum, she said.
“We take all reports seriously and will continue to work with Victoria Police on this matter,” she said.
The venue also issued a warning to club-goers on Facebook on Monday which reiterated its commitment to safety and said it was “concerned about the continued use of GHB in licensed venues across Melbourne”.
“Please look after yourself, each other and help us keep Revolver safe by avoiding this dangerous drug,” the post read.
‘Date rape drug’
Ruby believes the gum was laced with a ‘date rape’ drug.
According to Women’s Health, ‘date rape drugs’ refers to substances – typically odourless and colourless – that are used to make a person more vulnerable, disoriented or confused and less able to defend themselves against unwanted sexual contact.
The most well-known include flunitrazepam (Rohypnol), gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), or ketamine.
Ruby has urged club patrons to stay safe and to not “accept anything from strangers” in a post issued on Facebook.
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The same two men have reportedly been sighted at multiple other Melbourne venues too.
Ruby told 7NEWS.com.au the incident had been reported to Prahran Police.
7NEWS.com.au has contacted Victoria Police for comment.