How to Stay Safe this Spring Break
Spring break is right around the corner. While making plans for spring break, keep in mind how important it is to stay safe while on vacation. Here are some tips to make sure the spring break experience is pleasant.
Stay Safe While Drinking
Play it safe! Be mindful of drink containers that have been left unattended. Know who poured the drink and watch as the drink is being poured. An unattended or unwatched drink is at risk of having something slipped in it. Drugs that are slipped into drinks, such as GHB, Ketamine and Rohypnol, can mimic the feeling of being drunk. These drugs, even in small doses, cause someone to become heavily intoxicated quickly. These drugs accelerate the feelings of alcohol intoxication, leading people to feel more intoxicated than they usually would drinking the same amount of alcohol. They can leave someone feeling drunk, even if they didn’t have anything alcoholic to drink. It is important to recognize the possible side effects of ingesting GHB, Ketamine or Rohypnol which include:
- Problems talking
- Muscle relaxation
- Inability to remember recent events
- Difficulty with motor movements
- Loss of consciousness
No matter where in the world students travel for their week of rest and relaxation, remaining safe is a vital part of any student’s spring break. If students plan to visit bars or clubs in the vacation area, ask if those establishments participate in offering Angel Shots. Angel Shots operate as code words for someone who is in an uncomfortable or potentially dangerous situation to discreetly notify the bartender that they are in trouble through ordering a drink.
Stay Safe While Using Technology
Before leaving for spring break destination, be aware of social media profiles that have location services turned on. With location services enabled, students may be unknowingly sharing their location information with all of their followers.
When using ride sharing apps, like Uber or Lyft, be sure to verify the name of the driver and the license plate to make sure that the car is the correct one. Students should put the destination address into their phone to ensure the driver is heading to the correct location.
Download the Circle of 6 App for free. Circle of 6 features a way to contact six people with a tap of the thumb. One tap will discreetly send students’ circle of six contacts their GPS coordinates while disclosing that they need to be picked up as soon as possible. This can be helpful when visiting an unfamiliar place. Other features of the app include resources for national hotlines.
Student Victim Assistance staff want to be sure students who have been victimized have all of the information, resources and support available to them. Student Victim Assistance is here to assist victimized students as they figure out what they need and how they would like to move forward. Students who would like to make an appointment can contact Student Victim Assistance at 404-413-1965 for confidential support.