A tool to prevent GHB poisoning

A Canadian company is launching a new tool to avoid the addition of illicit substances in a drink during drunken evenings, while there has been an upsurge in GHB victims in Quebec in recent years.

“The date rape drug has really become a scourge throughout Quebec and Canada. Bars and organizations called us to find a solution. That’s what we did ! “says Stéphane Mrais, General Manager of Alco Prevention Canada.

Its new product designed in partnership with the French firm Phicogis, the “Stop drug FDG” anti-drug lid, makes it possible to seal a glass to prevent the addition of illicit substances.

It is more precisely a 100% recyclable and customizable sticker that leaves no glue residue and adapts to most shapes. You just have to stick a straw through it to drink from it, explains Mr. Mrais, who compares his product to a “kind of condom for drink since nothing can come out or come in.

” Vital “

Already 5,000 units have been sold at a cost of more or less $1 in Quebec businesses. In France, around 400,000 of these stickers have already been distributed, thanks to a partnership with the government.

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Alco Prevention Canada hopes to do the same in the country. Discussions are already underway, particularly with pharmacies, so that this anti-drug cover can be distributed on a larger scale.

For Agathe and Catherine, who were intoxicated with GHB without their knowledge during student parties at Laval University in 2019 and who had told their story to Newspaperthis is a step in the right direction.

“This product should be free because it is vital to providing safety to women and men [qui] are victims of it. It should be in distribution outside of bars, such as in universities and pharmacies,” they said.

New Complaints

Admissions to the CHU de Québec for GHB poisoning, voluntary or not, have been constantly growing between 2018 and 2020 in Québec, going from 177 to 310 cases. They experienced a slight drop in 2021, in particular due to the closure of bars for a good part of the year.

The Quebec City Police Service (SPVQ) had also opened investigations related to these poisonings in October. However, the situation later calmed down.

But from the first two weekends of reopening of bars, in early March, new complaints were filed for the same reasons with the SPVQ.

Alco Prevention Canada also has coasters equipped with substance screening tests to detect GHB or Ketamine.


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