Drink spiking: Resources for those affected
Drink spiking is on the rise, with a number of reported spiking by injection incidents also making waves within the media, university campuses and the nightlife industry in recent weeks. According to the National Police Chief’s Council, almost 200 drink spiking incidents have been reported to police forces across the UK over the past two months, with 24 of the reports including some form of injection.
The sharp rise in reported incidents has led to widespread outcry. A government petition has been launched calling for thorough searches to be implemented, and Night In – formerly known as Girls Night In – is leading a national boycott of clubs and venues. Collectively, students are demanding for clubs to introduce anti-spiking measures and devices at events.
Below, we’ve compiled a list of resources for those affected by drink or physical spiking. Whether you’re concerned that you, or a friend, have been spiked, and are in need of advice or medical assistance, or you’re simply looking for organisations, campaigns or petitions to support, scroll down to take a look at the resources available in the UK and beyond.
We’ll continue to update this list in the coming weeks. If you know of additional resources to add to this list please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the boycott, Night In has launched regional Instagram pages for each area taking part. Check in with your local page for up to date information on the boycotts.
Petition for an urgent review into drink spiking in the UK:
Nightlines – A student-run listening and information services, open at night:
Free NHS service:
Support and services to women and girls who have experienced rape, sexual violence or sexual abuse:
Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre:
Online community for women and non-binary people offering support and advice:
Edinburgh-based walking buddy organisation helping women get home safely:
Support page for victims of spiking to share experiences and offer support:
Support and assistance for those who have been victims of a crime, available 24/7:
The Bridge – Care and support for those who’ve been sexually assaulted from drink spiking in Bristol:
Grassroots training across the events and music industry/‘Ask For Angela’ initiative:
Safer nightlife campaign:
Anti-spiking drink lids:
Drug safety testing, welfare and harm reduction services:
Drink spiking awareness campaign:
Advice and support services:
Talk to Frank advice:
Bristol Drug Project/The Drop advice:
Wales drug and alcohol helpline:
NHS Wales information on spiking:
Australia’s national sexual assault, family and domestic violence counselling line:
NGO dedicated to college sexual assault prevention and survivor support:
National Sexual Assault hotline:
Drink spiking test:
If you know of other resources we should add to this list, please email email@example.com.