Drink Spiking

Drink spiking is a rare but ever increasing occurrence, and Durham isn't immune either. Spiking is where a substance is added to someone's drink without his or her knowledge. Sometimes this can be for a laugh, and could be extra alcohol, or could be malicious in intent and be "date rape" drugs like GHB or Rohypnol which in a short time can render the victim helpless. Effects are many and varied, but often include a state whereby you are far too drunk for the amount consumed, have a complete lack of memory of the previous night, and in the worst case scenario can result in you not knowing if you've slept with someone or even been attacked or raped.

If you think you've been spiked, don't hesitate: get yourself to the doctor immediately, inform friends, the police, the Advice Centre, Education and Welfare Officer, College Welfare Officer or whoever you trust. An incident report form can be downloaded, and can be in complete confidence - you don't have to give your name - it is important that we have the information, so we can spot patterns and warn others, liaising with the police and other interested parties to prevent it happening again.

If you've been involved in a drink spiking incident, it would be useful to us if you could fill in an Incident Report Form. This will help us to keep students informed of possible threats to their safety.