As weâ€™ve mentioned on so many previous occasions, we here at the Collegian like to drink.
And while weâ€™re certainly not going to be the first to shame the student body for celebrating the joys and experiences that alcohol brings (legally, of course), weâ€™re all for sharing our sheer disgust for those who try to reenact â€œThe Hangoverâ€ by dropping Roofies or other drugs into communal party drinks.
What are you people thinking?
A CNN report recently said 12 people were hospitalized Friday â€“â€“ 11 of them female â€“â€“ after they consumed tainted mixed drinks at a party at Central Washington University.
And while the situation may not seem too extraordinary, it draws attention to the fact that, despite what everyone â€œknowsâ€ about taking drinks from strangers at parties, people still do it.
So hereâ€™s another message to the CSU community: If youâ€™re spiking drinks at parties, please stop. Even if your intentions are as innocent as â€œtrying to have a good timeâ€ or â€œexperimenting,â€ your actions could lead to robbery, assault, rape or death.
And to the greater majority of students who donâ€™t spike drinks, but do go to large parties with communal drinks: For crying out loud, donâ€™t drink the jungle juice. Because even if the party host is a trusted friend of a friend, you donâ€™t know what got thrown into that bathtub or five-gallon jug mix.
Keep an eye on your drinks, donâ€™t share and donâ€™t drink anything that tastes strange or salty. If youâ€™re going to a party, bring your own mix for yourself or stick with beer.
Basically, use common sense.
We know youâ€™re all smart and savvy partiers, CSU. We just hope you keep partying responsibly and keeping an eye on your drinks. Because you never know when that Pina Colada could be a Roofie Colada.