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New California Law Requiring Bars and Nightclubs to Offer Drug Testing Kits

June 05, 2024

Starting July 1, a new law mandates that all bars and nightclubs must offer drug testing kits to patrons, ensuring their safety against dangerous date-rape drugs. Non-compliance could result in administrative actions against your license, so it's crucial to act now and protect your customers.

Attention Type 48 Licensees,

Starting July 1, a new law will require all establishments holding a Type 48 license to offer drug testing kits for sale or at no cost to patrons. This regulation, introduced by AB 1013 (Lowenthal), is designed to enhance patron safety by providing a means to detect common date-rape drugs, often referred to as ‘roofies.’

Signage Requirements

You must display a sign in a prominent and conspicuous location informing patrons that drug testing kits are available. The required signage must read: “Don’t get roofied! Drink spiking drug test kits available here. Ask a staff member for details.” A sample sign is available on the ABC website, which you can download and print.

Drug Testing Kits

As a Type 48 licensee, you are responsible for procuring these testing kits. The ABC does not sell or endorse any specific products, so you will need to source these from reliable suppliers. The kits can include test strips, stickers, straws, or other devices capable of detecting controlled substances such as flunitrazepam, ketamine, and gamma hydroxybutyric acid.

Distribution and Pricing

 You must either offer these drug testing devices for sale to your patrons at a reasonable price based on the wholesale cost or provide them free of charge. Ensure that your staff is knowledgeable about the availability and use of these kits.

Compliance

Failure to comply with this new law can result in administrative actions against your license. It's crucial to integrate these requirements into your operations to avoid any penalties and to enhance the safety and trust of your patrons.

Where to Purchase Drug Testing Kits

While the ABC does not provide these kits, several reputable suppliers can meet your needs. Here are a few resources to consider:

By July 1, ensure your establishment is fully compliant with AB 1013. Your proactive steps will not only meet regulatory requirements but also contribute significantly to the safety and well-being of your patrons.

Additional Safety Training

To further ensure the safety and well-being of your patrons and staff, consider enrolling in our comprehensive hospitality-related courses. These courses provide essential training for handling various situations in a bar or nightclub setting:

For more detailed information and to download the required signage, visit the ABC website.


ABC Website: ABC.ca.gov

Additional Training: