Many people know Tampa's Adrienne Gang from the hit reality show "Below Deck" on Bravo. But now she's sharing a different personal story, one that nearly cost her her life.
"I travel all over the world. That's what my job is, and I have never felt unsafe in my own town. To have it happen here was probably more violating than anywhere else I can think of," Gang said.
It happened back in December. She was enjoying a night out with friends in south Tampa. She says later in the evening, shortly after her friends left, the lights went out.
"The next thing I know, after saying good night to them, I was coming to at 3 a.m. getting my fingerprints done in the Orient Road Jail," she said.
Gang was booked for battery after hitting a cell phone out of a cab driver's hand. She remembers nothing. She would later find out one of her drinks had been spiked with GHB, a powerful sedative.
"I was pretty lucky that I ended up in the hands of authorities instead of a ditch or somebody's apartment," Gang added.
Rather than hide from what happened, Gang is using her story to help others. She's become a voluntary spokesperson for Drink Safe Technologies. It's a Florida company that makes test strips for drinks.
"You put a drop of your drink on it from a straw or finger, and it'll change color depending if there's something added to it," said company president Lance Norris.
They test for GHB or Ketamine, and are available online. Gang now carries them wherever she goes.
"How many people could've avoided these kind of circumstances had they known and had these available to them?" Gang said.
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