Capital Region program educates bar owners how to spot drink spiking

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Drink spiking is increasing across the United States, and the Capital Region is no different.

Skidmore College is warning students about possible drugging at local Saratoga Springs bars.

Jolynn Backes, the Coordinator of Community Education with Capital Region Safe Bars, works to educate bars on how to watch for drink-spiking victims.

Common symptoms of drink-spiking include: 

  • Loss of balance
  • Feeling sleepy
  • Visual problems
  • Confusion
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Memory fog

Backes says they have a six-hour, two-day training called the Safer Bar Program to teach bar owners how to identify possible drink-spiking symptoms.

Learn about how widespread a recent poll found the problem is by watching the video of Tiffany Payton’s story.

MORE: Capital Region Safer Bars