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Saturday, December 4, 2021

In Charlottetown, a rash of drink-spiking incidents goes undetected by authorities

After reporting 17 alleged druggings to police, the advocate says she felt dejected.

The timing was the first aspect that piqued my interest.

Between 2010 and 2011, eleven suspected druggings occurred.

Then there was the neighbourhood. Several incidences occurred among the same large group of friends and acquaintances.

Charlottetown is a small provincial capital with a population of roughly 40,000 people. Eight of the victims, meanwhile, were in their twenties and were active in the city’s music scene.

Moreover, many of the same places continued sprouting up in report after report: Baba’s Lounge, Hunter’s Ale Home, and house parties, all within a six-block radius of downtown.

In the spring of 2021, seventeen reports of alcohol spiking on P.E.I. were made in emails and messages and provided to a local woman. Drinks were reportedly spiked with Rohypnol, a tranquillizer that is up to ten times more strong than Valium, according to the complainants.

She promised them, only one of whom had reported to the cops a decade before that she would take their accounts to the cops, hoping that actual investigators would be able to help.

She did so in June of this year.

Despite the connections she noticed and the seriousness of the alleged acts, she was dissatisfied as she left the station that day.

A small community, hidden secrets

Kinley Dowling, a P.E.I. artist who gathered the stories, is left wondering how such a small community could have kept such harmful secrets secret for more than a decade — and she has spent months wondering if the perpetrators are people she knows.

“Realizing that terrible things like this can happen in this wonderful city [where] we live,” Dowling added, “just turned my world upside down.”

In the early 2010s, parties in Charlottetown were frequently large and wild. It was not strange to find someone passed out outside a club or at a house party. The average partygoer may not have realized that the person had been drugged.

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