CMPD addresses reports of drugging at Epicentre

- It’s one of the busiest areas in Uptown: At the corner of Trade and College street sits the Epicentre, a popular group of bars and restaurants where, recently, several people have reportedly been drugged.

"Yeah, I had a friend in college who was drugged with a drink,” said Minda Muenzer-White. 

Muenzer-White from time to time visits the Epicentre, and says it's certainly unfortunate that these incidents have occurred, but she's not surprised.

"So ever since college I've been like, be careful who you get your drink from, be careful who is pouring it," Muenzer-White said.

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The most recent report comes one week ago. A 23-year old girl, who was at the Epicentre, says she was drinking with friends at the Club Suite when she blacked out and became ill.

Friends took her to the hospital.

"As soon as you can get medical attention,” a Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department said in a press conference Friday afternoon. 

CMPD says, often times, not seeking immediate medical attention will jeopardize an investigation. 

"They're reluctant to go to the hospital, get blood drawn, immediately get samples of their blood and urine,” the officer said. 

When victims eventually share their story, time has lapsed where possible drugs are out of their system. That's why cases of drugging are difficult to confirm. 

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"I can say that in the time I've spent in Central Division Uptown, we've had zero of those confirmed,” the officer said. 

In the meantime, they're asking, if you see something, to say something, and if you are going to drink to be on guard.

"But it somebody was going to come up to me and say, hey I got you a round of shots, I would probably say, eh, thank you but no thanks,” said Muenzer-White. 

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