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Police say date rape drug e-mail not true

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GINA R. HEINE
May 23, 2008
— Janesville police say there’s no truth to an e-mail circulating that five people tested positive for a date rape drug after drinking at a downtown Janesville bar last weekend.

Police received no complaints from any victims or calls from the Mercy Hospital emergency department, Deputy Chief David Moore said.


“We think this to be in the urban legend (category),” he said.


A Mercy Hospital spokeswoman also confirmed the hospital had not seen any cases.


According to the e-mail police say is false:


A woman was drinking at a downtown bar on Saturday with a group of woman when she started to feel drunk and sick after three beers. The group went home, but the woman became sicker and was taken to the emergency room, where she tested positive for the date rape drug. The emergency room doctor told the woman she was the fifth person that night to come in and test positive for the drug.


“There’s no truth in any of it,” Janesville Police Capt. Danny Davis said. “What the motivation of the author of the original e-mail is, who knows.”


Davis said Mercy Hospital does not have the capability to test for the date rape drug and would have to send samples to an outside lab.


“The orders for testing for that are all the way up to a grand total of zero,” he said.


Police said emergency room staff members are responsible and perceptive in identifying crime victims, and doctors would have contacted police.


“Even at first blush it was like, ‘No way,’” Davis said. “But again, just to be safe, we checked.”



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