Published on September 1st, 2022 | by Oxford Police Department

Oxford Police Department Distributing Coasters That Can Detect Drinks Spiked with Drugs

The Oxford Police Department would like to remind the L-O-U community about our bar safety partnership with the Associated Student Body. One concern people have when drinking in public is somebody tampering with their drinks.  

The Oxford Police Department and ASB looked into different safety precautions being taken around the country and found one we determined to be particularly effective. OPD and ASB will provide drink coasters having two tests designed to detect Gamma Hydroxybutyrate (GHB) 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. The Oxford Police Department 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.  

“This partnership with ASB is something we look forward to continuing moving forward,” said Chief Jeff McCutchen. “Safety for our downtown district patrons, and Oxford as a whole, has always been our number  one priority at the Oxford Police Department.”  

If you ever feel unsafe or find that your drink has been tampered with, 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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The Oxford Police Department is housed 715 Molly Barr Road. The department has more than 70 full-time officers and staff and provides a wide range of protection and enforcement services. The Police Department has a community-oriented policing philosophy and provides around-the-clock patrols. Other services include crime prevention programs, such as Neighborhood Watch and D.A.R.E., as well as specialized units including Mounted Patrol, K-9 Unit, DUI Enforcement and the City Dispatch. Crime Reports provided to The Local Voice come directly from the Oxford Police Department.

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