March 9, 2022

Oxford police team up with Associated Student Body to make drinking safer

Therese Apel

OPD drink coasters

One concern some people — oftentimes college co-eds — have when drinking in public is about somebody tampering with their drinks.

The Oxford Police Department has announced the next step in their bar safety partnership with the University of Mississippi’s Associated Student Body.

OPD and ASB have looked into different safety precautions being taken around the country and found one they determined to be particularly effective. OPD and ASB will provide drink coasters having two tests designed to detect Gamma Hydroxybutyrate (GHB) and and Ketamine, two of the most common chemicals found in spiked drinks. The test provides instructions on how to conduct the test and what to do if the test comes back positive. The coasters also provide the telephone numbers of the Oxford Police Department and the Victim Coordinator.

These tests will be distributed in multiple ways throughout Oxford and on the University of Mississippi Oxford campus. OPD will distribute them to businesses in the downtown district, have the coasters available at the OPD Safe Site tent located across the street from the 11th Street Alley and Funky’s, and any business that serves alcoholic drinks. The ASB will distribute these coasters on campus.

“We’re so proud of this partnership with ASB,” said Chief Jeff McCutchen. “This is an exciting next step to go along with Safe Ride on campus and future safety precautions that will be put into action going forward. Safety for our downtown district patrons, and Oxford as a whole, is our number one priority at the Oxford Police Department.”

If you ever feel unsafe or find that your drink has been tampered with while you’re in Oxford, call the Oxford Police Department at 662-232-2400 or go to the OPD Safe Site tent and speak to an officer.

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