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Drink and drug spiking guidance

The signs and symptoms of suspected drink and drug spiking, along with preventative measures.

What are the signs of drink spiking?

If you think you, or someone you are with, has had their drink spiked, there are a range of
things to look out for, including:

  • confusion
  • nausea or vomiting
  • hallucinations
  • disorientation
  • loss of ability to communicate properly
  • paranoia
  • poor coordination
  • unconsciousness

What happens once reported to the police?

We will take a non-invasive urine sample. Some drugs leave the body in less than 12 hours, so it is important to report and test as soon as possible. Other drugs remain in the body longer so testing can take place up to seven days after the incident.

It is not a crime to have illegal drugs in your system (unless you are driving), so please don’t let this stop you reporting. We know it can be scary to report, but we are here to help you. We will listen to you, and we will take you seriously.

How to prevent drink spiking

There are some steps you can take, that could help prevent you from being spiked.

  • Never leave your drink unattended, take it whenever you go
  • Be vigilant if you are bought or given a drink – don’t accept drinks off of strangers
  • Where possible, drink from bottles as it is more difficult to insert drugs into bottles
  • Be wary if people are reaching over your drinks
  • Keep an eye on your friends

Report drink and drugs spiking

If you are a victim of drink and drugs spiking, or know someone who is, report it to us. Find out how to report drink and drug spiking.

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