Drink spiking is when alcohol or another substance is added to a person's drink without them knowing. As a result the person may become intoxicated quickly and unexpectedly. A spiked drink is also known as a ‘mickey finn' or being ‘slipped a mickey'.
Drink spiking can expose you to dangerous situations, such as:
- sexual assault and unsafe sex
- health effects of consuming unknown drugs.
Offenders use drink spiking to get easy control of their "victims". The drugs used in drink spiking can immobilise and silence you. By using drugs, the offender does not have to use physical force or overcome any form of resistance from you. In addition, because of the effects of certain drugs, you may become confused and not remember what happened.
What drugs are used?
Alcohol is the most common drink spiking ingredient. Alcohol may be added to non alcoholic drinks or to alcoholic drinks in much greater quantities, causing higher levels of consumption and intoxication than intended.
Rohypnol is a drug commonly used to spike drinks. Rohypnol is the brand name for flunitrazepam, a depressant drug related to Valium (but ten times more potent). Depressant drugs slow down the activity of your brain and other parts of the central nervous system.
Gamma hydroxybutyrate acid (GHB) has been identified as a ‘date-rape drug', due to its effects of amnesia, as well as impaired movement and speech. GHB can be added to drinks without visible trace.
If you are concerned that your drink has been spiked, it is important to get a medical check as soon as possible. Some drugs that may have been used to spike a drink are detectable in urine for 3-4 days after ingestion. Others such as GHB are only detectable up to eight hours. A medical check is important to ensure that you are treated for any ill effects which may result from having your drink spiked.
Source of information : DrugInfo Clearinghouse - Australian Drug Foundation
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