Spiking the punch bowl at a school dance has been something movie producers have used for years to get a good laugh. What is no laughing matter is when criminals spike drinks in order to do harm. This danger is still a problem, and we all need to have the proper drink spike test in order to keep each other safe.
How Are Drinks Spiked?
Spiking a drink means adding substances to the drink without the knowledge or consent of the person drinking the drink. These substances can be alcohol or date rape drugs such as Ketamine or GHB. While a person may detect alcohol
being added to a non-alcoholic drink, detecting Ketamine and GHB is impossible. Criminals add these substances to drinks (i.e. spiking) when the intended victim is unaware. It is nearly impossible to be aware 100% of the time, especially when you’re out having a good time socializing or dancing.
How to Stay Safe
There are things you can do to try and stay safe:
- Never leave your drink unattended. Plan trips to the bathroom, the dance floor or outside for a phone call around your emptied glass. Or, have a trusted friend keep an eye on it.
- Use the buddy system. Have somebody with you to keep an eye on you and your drink.
- Avoid over consumption of alcohol. Drinking is fun, but don’t get carried away. When you get inebriated, you make yourself more vulnerable to becoming a victim and not just from spiked drinks.
- Carry a drink spike test kit. Keep our date rape drug test kits with you whenever you’re out drinking. Having a drink spike test like our coasters is so vital to staying safe. They are convenient to carry with you and very easy to use.
If you feel that your drink has been spiked, especially if you are feeling effects, contact emergency personnel right away. Take note of as many details as you can, from people around you, conversations, drinks, etc.