A brave Canadian woman, who went through the horrifying experience of having her drink drugged at a nightclub, is sharing her experiences to raise awareness of just how common this crime can be.
According to Global News, after celebrating her 20th birthday with a group of friends, Josée Saulnier found herself laying on her bed, unable to move, her body shaking uncontrollably.
Saulnier, a college student, was put in a borderline over-dose state after being unwillingly drugged at The Dome, a club in Halifax, on Jan.18, and has taken to Facebook to share her story and to let other victims know they are not alone.
“I don’t know how it could have possibly happened but it did,” she said, adding that she didn’t let anybody touch her drink and had it in her hands the whole time. “It obviously can only take a second. I want everyone to be aware that it doesn’t matter how careful you are, it can still happen to you.”
Saulnier related to Global News reporter, Aya Al-Hakim, that after she had three mixed drinks and a shot, she started to feel strange, and that’s when she and her friends decided to get a cab and go home.
“That’s when the tremors started, and I’m like there’s something wrong, we need to call 911,” said Saulnier. “I was crying.”
She said she couldn’t stand up and felt like her feet were “stuck.”
“When I was in the ambulance with the paramedic, I needed to hold his hand because my vision also wasn’t there, I couldn’t see straight, I was seeing double.”
Once Saulnier was admitted to the emergency department at the QEII hospital, she said they didn’t ask her to do any testing and told her all they could do is wait for the drug to be out of her system and then she can go home.
But even after being sent home, Saulnier was still throwing up and struggling to get on her feet.
“We went back to emergency again and the doctor comes saying that I had a really, really bad trip.”
The doctors never tested her for what she was actually drugged with. A statement from the hospital says that unless they are asked by law enforcement, that violates their protocol and that in such cases their priority is to get the patients detoxed and stable.
“From the physician perspective, the priority is treating the patient by allowing her/him to detoxify safely, regardless of how they came to be there. They may note on the patient record that it is suspected a patient has been drugged but that would be confidential and it is not recorded in our system that way,” the statement reads.
“The scary part was that if something were to happen to me, there’d be no way I’d be able to run away. There’d be no way I could do anything, but I would be aware of what they were doing,” Saulnier said, adding that she has reported what happened to the police.
Saulnier said she wants to figure out how she can prevent this from happening as often as it does, and that she was lucky nothing bad happened to her.
“I’m not the only one. The hospital was saying that the weekend before me, the same thing, a girl was drugged,” she said. “And the amount of men and women who were contacting me, telling me their story, it’s just not any of our faults.”