Going to a Party? Remember Some Safety Tips
The opportunity to go to a party gives you an exciting chance to hang out with your friends and to develop new relationships by meeting other people. A party is a chance to socially interact with a variety of people who you would not meet ordinarily. Some of these new-found relationships will be long-lasting or short-term. There are a few safety tips though to remember while you are at a party. While at a party you may encounter situations that cause you to feel anxious or make you feel uncomfortable. By following the safety tips below you will be better able to handle any situation that might arise.
Newspaper headlines have been screaming, in recent years, of women being attacked or raped while at parties. The date rape drug, Rohypnol and GHB, are tasteless, colorless and odorless. They can be slipped into an unsuspecting person’s drink and ingested by that person without their knowledge. Once Rohypnol is ingested it acts as a central nervous system depressant. This causes the victim to become incapacitated. This drug is banned for use in the United States but still people find ways to get a hold of it. GHB is also a nervous system depressant that causes its victims to become sedate and euphoric. This paralyzes the victim when trying to fight off a sexual assault. If you feel these types of affects after drinking from your cup or someone else’s it is important to tell someone you trust and to go to the emergency room. Once at the hospital your system can be tested for the drug Rohypnol or GHB. Many women are attacked each year but by following several safety precautions parties can remain a safe and fun environment. If you are at a party it is very important that you do not except a drink from a stranger or drink out of someone else’s cup. Also, one must be aware of their drink at all times.
Some other safety tips include: Never walk away with strangers, Don’t drink alcohol or do drugs, Never get in a car with someone who has been drinking or doing drugs, Tell someone where you are going and Never be alone with someone you don’t know. If someone offers you drugs or alcohol you can feel comfortable saying, No, thanks, I’m not into that, Do you have any soda, No, I’m on a sports team, No, I gotta go soon or Alcohol’s not my thing. This way you don’t have to compromise you own morals or offend the other person.
These tips are not meant to scare people or to cause people to avoid social-situations. Parties are a great way to socialize, interact and network with other people. The main thing is to remember that if you don’t feel comfortable then leave. Usually your own judgment is your best guideline. Follow that inner voice that tells you when there are certain warning signs. Also, be aware of the dangers so you can protect yourself. This prevents a negative situation even before it begins. Most important have fun, stay safe and enjoy the party scene.