When it comes to staying safe on a night out, one of the most important risks to be aware of is spiking.
Spiking is when a person administers another substance (typically alcohol or drugs) to someone else without their knowledge or consent. The most common method of spiking is by adding substances to someone’s drink on a night out, although there have also been some reported cases of spiking via needle injection.
Spiking happens for lots of different reasons. The person may be intending to rob or steal valuables, to incapacitate someone or to sexually assault them (including date rape). It can even as a misguided prank. Whatever the reason, spiking is a serious crime and can leave a victim extremely vulnerable and unable to protect themselves from harm.