Police offer advice following concerns of drink spiking and needle stick incidents
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Following recent national concerns around people being drugged and having their drinks spiked in bars and nightclubs – either through something be being put in their drinks or through injection – Warwickshire Police is issuing advice to people to help them stay safe.
The effects of drugging and having your drink spiked can vary depending on what’s been administered to you. Your symptoms could include:
Loss of balance
How to avoid drink spiking • Some venues give out drink stoppers for the top of your bottle to prevent someone dropping something in your drink • Never leave your drink unattended, whether it’s alcoholic or not • Don’t accept a drink from someone you don’t know • Avoid drinking too much • Stick together with friends, and look out for each other
What should you do if you think your drink has been spiked or you've been drugged? • Tell the people you’re with and make sure you are somewhere where you feel safe • Alert a member of staff at the pub or club you are at • If you feel unwell you should seek medical attention immediately and tell them that you believe your drink has been spiked • Report it to the police as soon as possible. Drugs can leave the body in as little as 12 hours after consumption so it’s important you get tested quickly
What to do if you think a friend has been drugged or had their drink spiked
Tell a bar manager, bouncer or member of staff
Stay with them and keep talking to them
Call an ambulance if their condition deteriorates
Don’t let them go home on their own
Don’t let them leave with someone you don’t know or trust
Don’t let them drink more alcohol - this could lead to more serious problems
Chief Superintendent Suzanne Baker said: “Warwickshire Police is investigating several reports from the past few weeks of people having noxious substances administered to them in bars and clubs. These investigations are in their very early stages.
“All venues should be aware of these types of issues but we will be doing extra work with them over the coming weeks to reinforce this messaging.
“The main advice is to be aware of the signs, take precautions to protect yourself, look out for your mates and report anything suspicious to bar staff or police immediately.”
Anyone with information that could help police with their ongoing enquiries or any information about people carrying out these offences should call 101. If a crime is in progress call 999.
Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.