Boise’s Balcony Membership providing exams for drugged drinks

The Balcony Membership stated they haven’t seen any enhance, nor was there a specific occasion that induced the membership to supply the exams – it is simply one other security measure.

BOISE, Idaho — The Balcony Membership in Downtown Boise has added one other layer of security for his or her prospects by providing free exams that may test if a drink has been drugged.

“I feel this isn’t a brand new drawback, it’s been a problem on this business for a few years,” Kristi March, the supervisor of the Balcony Membership stated. “Any bar or membership in any city goes to have this challenge, it’s not essentially simply the massive cities anymore.” 

March stated workers on the Balcony haven’t seen any enhance, nor was there a specific occasion that induced the membership to supply the exams. She stated buyer security on the membership has at all times been the quantity purpose and that’s the reason she appeared into getting these exams.

“It occurs, and we are able to’t say it doesn’t- it does. I simply need to be prepared,” March stated. “To me, it’s simply one other step in taking of our prospects. If someone appears like they’ve been drugged, I need to assist them as a lot as I can.” 

March ordered dozens of exams from Drink Protected Applied sciences that may detect date rape medication like Gamma Hydroxybutyrate (GHB) and Ketamine, “the medication mostly used to spike a drink for date rape functions,” in line with the corporate. 

The take a look at works by inserting just a few drops of a drink onto the dots. If the take a look at turns a darkish blue colour, that’s an indicator the drink could have been drugged.

Clients who go to the Balcony and suspect their drink could have been spiked can get a take a look at from coat test or ask safety or a workers member. 

“If it does present one thing, then there are steps we are able to go forward and take,” March stated. 

March added the membership has quite a few cameras, so the earlier a workers member is made conscious, the faster and simpler they’ll work to seek out out what could have occurred.


In line with March, the accuracy of the take a look at just isn’t 100% excellent, however she nonetheless calls it one thing helpful and it sends a message that undesirable conduct just isn’t welcome or tolerated on the Balcony. 

The exams have been made out there on the Balcony on the finish of final month. March stated thus far, nobody has had to make use of a take a look at. She hopes it’ll keep that manner, however in case one thing does occur, she stated the Balcony is prepared.

“I actually really care about our prospects and really look out for his or her security,” March stated. “That is only a place the place you’ll be able to come and be your self and know you’re secure.”

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