Unfortunately you might not be able to see, smell or taste if your drink has been spiked.
The drug may be colourless, odourless and may not affect the taste of your drink.
Warning signs include:
• feeling dizzy or faint
• feeling sick or sleepy
• feeling really drunk or confused even if you have only had a little alcohol to drink
• hallucinations (seeing, hearing or touching things that aren’t there) or having an “out of body” experience
• visual problems, particularly blurred vision
• nausea and vomiting
• passing out
• waking up feeling uncomfortable and disorientated, with memory blanks about the night before.
Most date rape drugs take effect within 15-30 minutes and symptoms usually last for several hours. However, if you pass out it will be hard to know the full effect. You may still feel some of the symptoms of a date rape drug after a night’s sleep.
What you should do
If you think your drink has been spiked, tell a friend, the bar or security staff, or the police, & STAY WITH THEM!
Your doctor can test for the presence of traces of certain drugs through urine or blood tests within 24 hours.
If you think you’ve been assaulted or raped, tell a friend or family member, or the Police and go to a doctor or hospital. It is confidential if you see either your college nurse or your GP, and you can also contact the Sexual Assault Referral Clinic for advice and an appointment. They provide a confidential service, can take forensic evidence which can be used if or when you are ready to report the incident to the police. The telephone line is staffed 24/7 on 0800 193 5434, website: www.theelmssarc.org/
How to avoid drink spiking
• Don’t accept drinks from strangers or leave drinks unattended. If someone offers you a drink, go to the bar with them.
• Buy your own drinks and know what you’re really drinking.
• Don’t drink something you didn’t open, or see opened or poured.
• If you’re unsure about your drink, leave it.
• If you feel dizzy or sick, ask someone you trust to take you to a safe place. If you’re alone or can’t find your friends tell the staff behind the bar.
• Keep an eye on your friends. If someone collapses and is unconscious, call an ambulance immediately. DON’T LEAVE THEM ALONE!
• If you’re on a date with someone you don’t know, arrange for a friend to call you during the evening and/or pick you up. Meet in a public space. Arrange your own transport.
Here is the link to a useful website: https://ie.reachout.com/inform-yourself/alcohol-drugs-and-addiction/alcohol/drink-spiking/