We are aware of the current news coverage reporting the large number of cases of students having their drinks spiked in clubs or bars. Spiking is where a person adds alcohol or drugs to another person’s drink or drugs without their full knowledge or consent.
It is important to note that spiking is never the fault of the victims, but of the predators who actively go out of their way to cause harm to others. As a Students’ Union we believe students should always feel safe when they are out in clubs or bars with their friends. Unfortunately, this epidemic is nothing new and until those who choose to harm others are sufficiently held accountable, nothing will change.
Following national guidelines, we would advise students to remain cautious when they socialise with others, this would include:
- Don’t accept drinks from strangers.
- Don’t leave your drink unoccupied.
- Stick with your friends or stay in groups.
- Don’t leave the venue alone and always try to go home with someone you trust.
We want our students to always get home safe from nights out, even if you run out of money. This is why we currently have a ‘take me home’ scheme which is available for all students studying at the Preston campus. If you would like more information on this service, please ask for a leaflet at our Welcome Point.
There is also the Safe Zone App which alerts our campus security to your location when you are on campus.
Though we hope you are never in this situation, here’s what you can do if you suspect that you have been spiked:
- Tell or call someone that you trust.
- Try and find a safe place or ask your trusted person to help.
- If you feel in danger, call 999, and be wary of accepting help from anyone that you do not know or feel unsafe with.
- If you feel unwell get to the nearest A&E department.
- If you are not unwell, you can ask your trusted friend or relative to take you home but stay with you until the drugs have fully left your system.
What to do if you suspect that your friend has been spiked:
- Stay with them.
- Alert the venue manager or staff (where you feel safe to do so).
- Keep talking with them and giving them reassurance if they feel stressed.
- Don’t let them go home on their own.
- Don’t leave them with someone you don’t know or trust.
- Encourage them not to take any more drugs including alcohol.
- Call an ambulance if their condition deteriorates.