Mischa Barton says she was drugged while celebrating her 31st birthday with friends in an exclusive statement to People magazine on Friday. The former O.C. star, who was voluntarily hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, is now encouraging other women to learn from her terrifying experience.
According to People, Barton confirmed that she has been released from the hospital and revealed that her medical evaluation showed that she had been slipped GHB while drinking on Wednesday night.
“On the evening of the 25th, I went out with a group of friends to celebrate my birthday. While having drinks, I realized that something was not right as my behavior was becoming erratic and continued to intensify over the next several hours.
I voluntarily went to get professional help, and I was informed by their staff that I had been given GHB. After an overnight stay, I am home and doing well. I would like to extend a big thanks of gratitude to the professionals at Cedars-Sinai for their great care and professionalism. This is a lesson to all young women out there, be aware of your surroundings.”
GHB, which is more commonly referred to as the “date rape” drug, is a depressant that can easily go undetected in alcoholic beverages. You can read more about Barton’s voluntary hospitalization and mental health evaluation here.