City Council will consider Monday whether to spend $15,000 on a new effort to combat sexual assaults in the city’s nightlife establishments.
The proposal by Mayor Pro Tem Sepi Shyne and Councilmember John Erickson calls for the purchase and distribution of “spiked-drink test strips,” which reveal whether a cocktail has been laced with the common date-rape drugs GHB and/or ketamine.
In tandem with a public education campaign, the city would distribute the strips to local bars and drinking establishments as part of an ongoing effort to tackle the recurrent spiked drinks/sexual assaults in Boystown/The Rainbow District. In September, the Sheriff’s Department noted 30 such incidents had been reported in the previous five years.
In 2019, West Hollywood purchased similar test kits which detected the presence of fentanyl, distributing them at the LGBT Center and at the city’s Pride booth.