Sturgis woman brings about way to test date rape drugs

Jessica Kerlin says, "You hear a lot of stories - friends, family members - it goes on way more than people think it does. It's not just women; it's men also."
Jessica Kerlin has witnessed some of those stories firsthand, working as a bartender in the past.
Kerlin says, "We had two cases within one week where a girl was drugged and taken into a room. We were afraid business was going to go down."
Shortly after, her boss took matters into their own hands by ordering special coasters made to test your drink for potential date rape drugs and it turned out a success.
Kerlin says, "That bar filled and people left all the rest of the bars, because they felt safer."
Fast forward ten years -- Kerlin no longer works at that bar, and instead her own antique shop in Sturgis.
But she continued to see these types of tragic cases happening, and nothing seemed to change.
Kerlin says, "Not a lot of people go to the police because when it's done, it's done, and they're embarrassed."
We're all told it's not safe to leave your drink unattended, but Kerlin explains being 'roofied' can happen more than one way.
Kerlin says, "It's not even just leaving your drink. It's a friend says 'hi' and whoop -- you're done."
So she thought back to her boss's decision and thought those coasters needed to make a comeback.
The coasters are able to test most drinks for drugs, with the exception of milk and 100 percent grapefruit juice, and the way to use them is simple.
Kerlin says, "Put a small amount of liquid on your coaster. Mix A and B on the coaster and let it dry."
With several bars already signing up, including the Buffalo Chip near Sturgis; she hopes these coasters will make a difference.
Kerlin says, "I think all women need to keep them in their purses, because the minute you start feeling funny -- quick, test it. Then they're busted."
You can grab a couple for yourself at her pop-up shop in downtown Sturgis.