Spiking: Staying safe

Spiking safety

Spikings, and suspected spikings in large cities, have become more common in recent years. Although Liverpool is a relatively safe place to live and study, the health response and first aid charity, St John Ambulance, is encouraging students to be alert when out socialising and learn how to spot the warning signs in friends.

Mike Perkins, the District Community Response Lead for St John Ambulance, said: “It’s so important to be able to spot the signs when something isn’t right and know what to do when things do go wrong. Unfortunately, there is no anti-spiking pill, so it’s a case of being alert and taking steps to keep you and your friends safe, and if you are spiked, calling 999 or seeking medical help.”

St John Ambulance shares its night safety advice to university students, including what to do if you’re spiked:

  • Keep safe by staying together when you’re out with friends.
  • Pace yourself. Keep an eye on how much you and your friends are drinking.
  • Many bars and nightclubs offer bottle ‘bungs’ like a cork which can prevent drinks being spiked – ask for one.
  • Don’t accept drinks from strangers, especially after you have had a few drinks.
  • If you think you or a friend has been spiked, make sure to alert bar or event staff and the police, including reporting any suspicious behaviour. Call 999 and get medical help, especially if there is a loss of consciousness, breathing difficulties, or abnormal or impaired sight.
  • If you have used recreational drugs or drunk a lot of alcohol, it’s important to tell your friends what you have taken and when and get medical help from event staff if you need it.
  • Plan your route home—book taxis or download a rideshare app if trains or buses are not running.
  • Most of all, look out for each other so you can end the night safely.

If you’re interested in volunteering with St John Ambulance or learning life-saving skills, the charity has a network of First Aid Societies for University students. Reach out to your society directly, visit sja.org.uk/students or find them on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook for more details about getting involved.

For more information on alcohol poisoning, drug poisoning and how to keep safe on a night out, visit St John Ambulance’s website.  Health & Wellbeing

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