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UNB and STU issue drink spiking warning to students

Two Fredericton universities, the University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University are warning students to be careful of drink spiking.

Students treated at emergency room after drink spiking

UNB Fredericton and St. Thomas have issued a warning to students about drink spiking and its dangers. (UNB)

Two Fredericton universities, the University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University are warning students to be careful of drink spiking. 

Bruce Rogerson, UNB's director of Security and Traffic, issued the warning to students Friday via email. 

The email was forwarded to STU students by communication director, Jeffrey Carleton. 

Jeffrey Carleton, the director of communications for St. Thomas University, confirmed the reports of drink spiking happened on one of the bars on the campuses of UNB and STU. (CBC)
"We are sharing this safety message from UNB Security about nightlife safety and being aware of the potential for drink spiking.  While drink spiking is illegal and any onus is not being placed on potential victims, we wanted to share these steps to increase your personal safety," wrote Carleton.

Rogerson said in the email that disclosures had been received from students of suspected drink spiking incidents that resulted in emergency room care.

"Yes, it was a campus bar, and it took place in the last 10 days or so," confirmed Carleton.

Braddon Nitz is a third year STU student who tends bar at the Cellar Pub, one of the three bars on the UNB and STU campuses. He says this is the first time he's ever heard of spiked drinks on his campus. 

"It just shocks me to know that this has been happening under the radar," he said. "It's appalling." 

"I like to think we're a respectable establishment," said Nitz. "Our clientèle are wonderful people. Hubbub is kept to minimum. No fighting – or anything like that."

The email went on to list a number of prevention tips for students including being suspicious of someone offering free drinks, and drinks offered by strangers. 

Rogerson warned students not to leave their drinks unattended. 

Other tips included staying with friends and keeping them informed if you do leave. 

"If any social situation becomes uncomfortable or feels wrong, remain calm and leave," Rogerson said.

Rogerson's advice in the email continued by advising students to seek help from a friend, venue staff member or security if they felt unwell or if they were suspicious of anyone or being harassed.

Rogerson also warned about accepting drives from strangers. 


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