TOGETHER WE CAN STOP DRINK SPIKING

WHAT IS DRINK SPIKING?

Drink spiking refers to the act of adding drugs or alcohol to people’s drinks to try and influence their behaviours. Please be aware of the following things:

  • People putting alcohol into a non-alcoholic drink

  • People putting more alcohol into an
    alcoholic drink

  • People slipping prescription or illegal drugs into a drink (such as benzodiazepines, amphetamines or GHB – also called liquid ecstasy)

WHAT IS DRINK SPIKING?

Symptoms can vary depending on the size and height of the person, type and amount of drug or alcohol used or how much alcohol was consumed prior to the incident. Here’s some things to look out for:

  • Confusion

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Hallucinations

  • Disorientation

  • Inability to communicate clearly

  • Paranoia

  • Poor coordination

  • Poor visibility

  • Unconsciousness

WHAT TO DO IF YOU THINK A DRINK HAS BEEN SPIKED?

DRINK SPIKING IS A CRIME AND EVERYONE TAKES IT VERY SERIOUSLY. YOU WILL BE LISTENED TO AND BELIEVED.

INSIDE THE VENUE

If you or anyone you are with has been a victim of drink spiking inform the venue team immediately. This is what will happen:

  • If medical assistance is required, this will be arranged immediately

  • If Police assistance is required, this will be arranged immediately

  • The venue team will ensure you are safe as a first priority

  • Some venues have been provided with drink spiking testing kits to immediately detect the presence of drugs.

  • If the venue doesn’t have kits then they will call the police who will be able to do the test instead, as well as taking the drink as evidence

  • As well as testing the drink, the police or a medical professional might perform a blood test or urine test. It is very important that this is done immediately as some drugs are only present in the body for 12 hours

  • The venue and Police will collaborate to collect any evidence required related to the crime including getting CCTV of the incident and other forensic evidence

IF YOU HAVE LEFT THE VENUE

  • you have already left the venue and the incident has just happened, call 999 for the Police to attend or to arrange an ambulance if you require urgent medical assistance

  • If you are reporting this incident more than 12 hours afterwards, please call 101 and record what happened. Police will then advise appropriate action

DRINK SPIKING IS A PERSONAL VIOLATION AND A CRIME. IT CARRIES A SENTENCE OF UP TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON.

WHERE CAN YOU GET SUPPORT?

ARE YOU A VENUE OR PART OF A VENUE TEAM?

DOWNLOAD OUR DRINK SPIKING PROCEDURE GUIDE HERE

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