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Drugged: 'I couldn't walk, talk, or speak to anybody'

"When you start feeling something odd, it may not be just the alcohol," said Troy Hebert with LA ATC (Source: WAFB) "When you start feeling something odd, it may not be just the alcohol," said Troy Hebert with LA ATC (Source: WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

When it comes to the nation's top party schools, you'll find LSU on every list. But sometimes a good party scene can attract dangerous consequences.

"It just got really, really bad. I couldn't walk. I couldn't talk. I couldn't speak to anybody," said an LSU student who asked 9News to hide her identity.

"They're literally incapable of their body functions and making decisions," said Troy Hebert, commissioner of LA Alcohol and Tobacco Control.

Hebert says date rape drugs like roofies and GHB are not uncommon around the state's college campuses.

"They are out there. They're dangerous. And there are a lot of people who would never think they would fall victim to them that actually do," said Hebert.

Hebert says these powerful drugs are colorless, odorless and you won't taste them either. He says they can quickly make a victim unconscious and completely vulnerable to a sexual predator.

Something one LSU student tells 9News happened to her, "We went out it was a Wednesday night. Some guys came up to us and asked us if we want to play beer pong with them."

She said yes, telling 9News one of the guys then went to the bar without her and came back with a few drinks.

"He sounded really sketchy about some of the drinks that I was drinking and some of the ones that I didn't. Right after he pressured me to drink a certain one, I don't remember much after that," she said.

"When you start feeling something odd, it may not be just the alcohol," said Hebert who says there are many ways to protect yourself.

He says always know where your drink is from, always have an eye on it and stay close to your friends. Hebert adds your friends are there for you, so look out for them too. If they're acting disoriented, stay with them.

"As soon as you turn your back it could happen to anyone. The people who are doing it, they definitely know what they're doing. They're slick with it," said Brooke Jafferies, a downtown Baton Rouge bartender.

Jafferies is trained to watch out for anything suspicious.

"If I see an empty drink at the bar I generally dump it out because it's safer that way. You want to make sure that it hasn't been tampered with in any way, shape or form," said Jafferies.

Jafferies carries a bar card, allowing her to serve alcohol. To get it, like all Louisiana servers, she had to pass a responsible vendor class instructed by The Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control. One part of the class focuses on the dangers of roofies.

"It is also commonly referred to as the 'forget pill.' You go out partying or what not, someone slips you a few of these, you're not going to remember anything for say ten or 12 hours," said David Tetlow, ABC Sr. Legal Investigator.

That's what the victim who spoke to 9News says happened to her- she could not remember a thing and it was not until the next day her friends were able to tell her what happened. She says her friends saved her, stopping her from leaving with the man they say drugged her drink.

"My friend said that he was trying to take me home and trying to carry me out of the bar, " she said.

Fortunately, nothing worse happened than losing her cell phone, and a little embarrassment in front of her friends before getting home.

"I was on the ground, would not come inside, they had to drag me inside. I had grass stains all over my clothes the next day." she said.

It was five months before she went out again. And even now, a year later, she still struggles with feeling safe.

"I just don't trust anybody at this point. It's something that I will always carry with me that's for sure," she said.

Alcohol and Tobacco Control says if you think you've been drugged get medical help right away, have a trusted friend take you to the ER and officials say very importantly, don't let the crime go unreported, call police.

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