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What is spiking?

Spiking refers to when a person puts drugs or alcohol into a person’s drink without them knowing.  Needle spiking occurs when a person uses a needle/syringe to inject drugs into someone.

Spiking someone is illegal and can result in a prison sentence if the perpetrator is found guilty. 

Signs that you, or a friend, may have been spiked include:

  • Confusion
  • Drowsy
  • Disorientation
  • Visual problems
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Blacking out
  • Unconsciousness

What to do if you think you have been spiked:

  • Tell someone you trust
  • Seek medical attention
  • Contact the police
  • Phone 999 in an emergency

What to do if you think a friend has been spiked:

  • Stay with them and ask a member of staff for assistance
  • Seek urgent medical support if their condition deteriorates
  • Don't let them go home alone
  • Avoid letting them drink more alcohol

What to do if you think you have been spiked by injection:

  • Ask a trusted person for help
  • Encourage the wound to bleed
  • Wash with running water
  • Do not scrub
  • Dry and cover with a waterproof plaster
  • Seek urgent medical advice to reduce the risk of getting an infection

Spiking is never a victim’s fault.  Spiking is a serious crime.  If you think you have been spiked, report it to the police. 

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