The weekend is almost here and we know that people are worried about spiking.
To spike a drink means to put alcohol or drugs into someone's drink without their knowledge or permission.
Spiking has also come to mean injecting someone with drugs without their knowledge or permission.
The aim may be to incapacitate someone enough to rob or sexually assault them, although sometimes it is just intended as a joke – a bad joke as it is very dangerous.
You can play your part by:
- Being patient while security staff search people and check ID.
- Looking out for each other and reporting suspicious behaviour to bar staff or police officers.
- Not leaving drinks unattended.
- Setting the expectation that you’ll all stick together and let each other know where you are and who you’re with.
- Keeping hydrated with water and soft drinks so you can save money, stay alert and party for longer.
- Getting home by using black cabs or pre-booked private hires (including Uber) where you know you’re insured and drivers are trained and vetted.
Spiking is against the law. It’s a serious crime with serious consequences.
If you think you’ve been spiked:
- If you start to feel strange, sick or drunk when you know that you couldn’t be drunk, seek help from a trusted friend or staff member.
- If you think you have been spiked, get a close friend to get you out of the place as soon as possible and take you home or to hospital (if seriously unwell). Or ring a friend, relative or partner and ask them to come and pick you up.
- Make sure you can trust the person you ask for help. Don’t go anywhere with a stranger or acquaintance.
- Once you are safely home ask someone to stay with you until the effects of the drug have worn off, which could be several hours.
- Don’t hesitate to call for medical help if you need it. And tell us what happened as soon as possible by calling 999.
Have a safe and enjoyable weekend.
Message Sent By Dan Freeman (Northamptonshire Police, PCSO, Northampton)