‘Below Deck’: Adrienne Gang’s Night on the Town Could Have Turned Deadly
The incident occurred years ago, but Gang recently shared an article that was written about the night to possibly serve as a cautionary tale for women. While out at a bar with friends, Gang’s drink was spiked with GHB, otherwise known as the date rape drug, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Gang had little memory of the night, other than regaining consciousness in jail. “The next thing I know I am being fingerprinted in the Orient Road Jail,” she said. When she asked the police officers why she was in jail, “They told me I should know why I was there.”
A group of men sent over some wine
Gang recalls that a group of men sent over wine to her table. She remembers that the wine didn’t come from the bartender, which may be how the drug was easily added to the drink. GHB has no smell but can have a soapy or salty taste. It is also sold in a colorless liquid so it can be easily transferred to a drink.
Although Gang can recall receiving the drinks, her next hazy recollection of the night is being forced into a cab. “What we were able to piece together is someone who considered themselves a ‘Good Samaritan’ dragged me out of the bar because I wasn’t able to stand upright and speak coherently,” she told the Times. Apparently, the person paid the driver $30 for a $2 cab trip. Gang didn’t recognize the address where she was being taken either. “Maybe he thought the cab driver would dump me there and then he would follow after. I don’t know. But the guy lived in Gainesville,” she said. The incident took place in Tampa, Florida.
“It was deduced that whoever did this to me realized that they had overdosed me because it happened so quickly and I couldn’t stand,” Gang said. “Maybe they thought they might have a dead body on their hands so they chucked me into a cab hoping that the cab driver would have to deal with me.” The cab driver testified that Gang could not stand upright.
How did she end up in jail?
While in the cab, Gang knocked the cab driver’s phone out of his hand. She was arrested for battery on the cab driver, which perhaps saved her life. Gang wonders how none of the wait staff at the bar realized what was happening. The incident occurred on a Tuesday evening around 11 p.m.
“I could have easily ended up in a ditch,” she told the Times. The next day her boyfriend came to pick her up. She told him she didn’t feel hungover but still felt odd. “I know what it’s like to feel intoxicated. I know what it’s like to feel hung over, but I knew something was wrong,” she recalls.
She purchased a rape panel test and 10 days later learned she had been drugged with GHB. The representative from the drug testing clinic emphasized she was lucky to be alive. She had extremely high levels of the drug in her system. Since then she’s been a proponent for using drink testing strips, created by Drink Safe Technologies. “I feel like if I had known about these strips, I would have made every single one of my girlfriends carry one. Because why would you not? It’s an added layer of protection,” Gang said.