If you’ve been watching the news in the UK recently, you will have seen plenty of stories about drink spiking making the headlines. From all over the UK, women have been reporting that their drinks have been spiked or that some other form of adulteration had been taking place, including reports of women being “spiked” by a needle containing an unknown substance. In all cases it would seem as if the spiking was part of a ploy by the assailant to commit an unwanted sexual act.
Drink Spiking is not a new phenomenon, however the recent rise of people being injected is certainly not something that we have seen before. Despite the many reports it is hard to know how widespread this new and disturbing trend has become. We also are unaware as to what drugs the perpetrators are using when they spike their victims. History would suggest that the injectable liquid may contain Benzodiazepines, GHB or Ketamine.
Drink spiking is no laughing matter. In a worst case scenario it can lead to hospitalisation or even death. The physical symptoms of drink spiking can vary dramatically between individuals. The psychological harm to the person that has been attacked in this way can be massive too.
Unfortunately, many people who believe that they have been spiked, do not know what to do about it. There is no obvious support group available and many will be hesitant to go to the police with their concerns.
A drink spike test can help a person to at least establish if something untoward has happened to them, before they take the next step by reporting the assault to the authorities. This type of test will check for the presence of benzodiazepines, also know as as Rohypnol or ‘Benzos’ .
After a drink spike incident, the person affected may well be naturally hesitant about going out in public and drinking again. The Spikey Anti Drink Spiking Bottle Stopper can help stop any future drink spiking. This simple device simply pops into the neck of any bottled drink to allow for a straw to be inserted. Apart, from the straw, the neck of the bottle is perfectly sealed so that nothing else can enter it, keeping your drink safe from potential tampering.
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This post was originally published in November 2021.