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Nanaimo RCMP thank bar owner for help tackling date rape drug problem

A Nanaimo bar owner is being honoured by the RCMP for helping with a campaign about the dangers of GHB, better known as the date rape drug.

After five incidents of drinks being spiked at local bars in October of 2013, Nanaimo RCMP reached out to bars and nightclubs to help educate their staff and patrons about the risks.

Constable Gary O’Brien says Jerry Hong, owner of The Queens, quickly stepped up. On top of training his staff to identify the warning signs of GHB, Hong let Crime Stoppers shoot a video about the issue at his bar.

O’Brien says the Crime Stoppers video about GHB won the award for “best video” at the BC Crime Stoppers annual conference.

Hong says he’s very glad he could help raise awareness about the risk of GHB.

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Hong accepted a Certification of Appreciation from Nanaimo RCMP on Monday, June 23.

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