TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER NURSING STUDENTS TO PROMOTE AWARENESS OF DATE RAPE DRUG DANGERS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: July 13, 2005
CONTACT: Julie Toland, julie.toland@ttuhsc.edu


LUBBOCK - Nursing students at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, along with nurses in the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program, will host a "Watch That Drink" event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday (July 20) at the Fox and Hound English Pub and Grille, 4210 82nd St.

"Watch That Drink" is a community awareness program that educates the public, specifically college students, on the potential dangers of "date rape" drugs such as Rohypnol, GHB and Ketamine. Students in the community health nursing course in the Health Sciences Center's School of Nursing, with the support of the SANE program, will distribute coasters and flyers that promote awareness and offer education on the potential dangers of these drugs.

"This is one of many prevention strategies that attempt to address the root causes of sexual violence in our community," said Carrie Edwards, assistant professor in the School of Nursing and a sexual assault nurse examiner. "It also is a wonderful opportunity for our students who are learning about the importance of community health outreach."

The event will take place during the restaurant's "Girl Power Happy Hour" and is open to the public. For additional information, contact Edwards at 743-2730.