23 Jun Drink Spiking
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What should I do if I start to feel some of the warning signs?
If you are with people you trust, tell them and ask them to get you to a safe place. If you do not know the people you are with very well or you do not trust them, speak to the venue staff or security and tell them.
If you feel unwell, seek medical attention.
Do not wander off by yourself in case you do pass out and become unconscious.
What precautions can you take to reduce the risk?
- Always keep your drink close to you and do not leave it unattended.
- Do not share drinks with other people.
- If you are offered a drink by someone you don’t know well, go to the bar with them and watch the bartender pour your drink.
- If you think your drink tastes weird, pour it out.
- Keep an eye on your friends and their drinks as well.
- Be wary if someone buys you a different drink from what you asked for .
Drink spiking is serious. Many people who have had their drinks spiked do not report it because they feel they will not be believed or they will be blamed, particularly if they have already been drinking.
However, drink spiking is illegal, regardless of what you were doing at the time.
If you or someone you know has had their drink spiked it is important to speak out and to encourage other people to also speak out so the stigma is reduced, and people know they will be taken seriously if they report it.