A worrying increase of “drink spiking” has left authorities concerned for the welfare of women in the UK.
Drink spiking is common in clubs and bars with reports of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks being spiked for varying reasons amongst rape, assault and theft.
What are the symptoms of having your drink spiked?. How can you prevent it, and what should you do if this happens to you, or a friend? Here is everything you need to know.
The National Police Chiefs’ Council reported drink spiking has trebled in the past ten years and as many as 200 drink spiking incidents were registered to UK police in the past two months,
Not only that, but women are reporting experiencing spiking via injection, too.
As doctor Sameer Sanghvi, clinical technology lead at LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor explains, spiking via injection is particularly dangerous.
“This is because if the needle is being reused, there is a possibility that you could catch something from other people who’ve been injected with the needle,” he explains. “Two of the most common viruses to look out for when reusing a needle by accident are HIV and hepatitis.”
Recreational drugs like ecstasy, LSD, ketamine, and other so-called ‘party’ drugs have also been used to spike drinks, as well as adding extra shot of alcohol to drinks, including non-alcoholic beverages.
Drink spiking: how to know – & what to do – if it happens to you
Drink spiking is an act of putting something into someone’s drink, without their knowledge, to make them vulnerable.
This is usually done to either reduce a person’s inhibitions or to render them unconscious.
It’s not only alcohol that can be spiked – non alcoholic drink spiking happens too.
“Spikings are usually carried out either for the purposes of sexual assault or rape, or for theft,” explains author of ‘Date Rape’, Bee Goldsmith.
The main symptoms of spiking can include the following, which may vary from each person.
Feeling very quickly more out of control, or ‘out of it’, than anticipated
Feeling more ‘compliant’ with another’s wishes
Nausea or vomiting.