Spiked drinks and date-rape drugs

Spiking, where someone adds drugs or alcohol to another person’s drink without them knowing, is illegal.Glass with straw and ice

We take these offences very seriously.

We are working with our partner agencies and licensed premises both at a local and a national level to look at prevention and sustainable solutions to this serious crime.

Whether it’s done as a prank or with the intent to steal from or assault a person, there are some things you can do to take control and reduce the risk for you and your friends:

Never lose sight of your drink

It can take only minutes for someone to feel the effects of a spiked drink. Memory loss can be a side effect of many of the drugs used to spike drinks. Many victims are unaware of what has happened to them, and have very little memory of the incident, if any at all.

Never leave your drink unattended and if it doesn’t taste right, don’t finish it.

Be vigilant of strangers

When you go out for an evening you never know who you’re going to meet. If someone appears to be over-friendly and eager to get you to drink, be vigilant.

If you get separated from your friends in a bar, pub or club, let them know where you are. If you happen to meet new company and they ask you to go on somewhere else, introduce them to your friends and tell them where you’re going.

Be a drink buddy

If you're out with a friend, or friends, keep an eye out for each other.  If they appear to be more drunk than you'd expect, dizzy or slurring their words, take control and make sure they’re okay. If you’re concerned, make sure they either get medical help or get home safely.

What to do if you think you’ve been spiked?

If you or your friends start to feel strange or unwell then you should get help and seek medical advice straight away.

If you think you have been a victim of spiking, contact us immediately. This allows appropriate tests and enquiries to be conducted.

Report any crime by calling 101. You can also report online by visiting: https://doitonline.lancashire.police.uk/

In an emergency, always dial 999.

What are you doing about spiking?

Our officers are visiting licensed premises, conducting walk arounds, checking CCTV is working, speaking to staff and management, as well as engaging with people, offering reassurance and advice.

We are also working with partners including local councils, Public Health, licensing and universities as part of our policing approach.

Our colleagues in licensing regularly work with local bar and club owners to ensure people have a safe and enjoyable time and that there are mechanisms in place if people need help, including the Ask For Angela initiative – for more information visit https://www.lancashire.police.uk/help-advice/personal-safety/ask-for-angela/

 


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