Spiking

Loura Al Alanezi is a Politics (BA) student. She is from Kuwait, and she reports on the topics of poverty, mobility, security and conflict. Her hobbies include reading books and painting.

Recently, viral Tik Toks have shown people sharing their experiences of being unknowingly spiked via needles. Those who experience this commonly wake up feeling dizzy, and finding strange bruises on their body. A lot of them have difficulty grasping what happened. Consequently, the rise in needle spikings has become a significant concern for safety. 

Some signs of being spiked:

  • Having difficulty with concentration or talking
  • Loss of balance or difficulty to move
  • Blurred vision
  • Memory loss (amnesia) or blackouts
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations 

According to the NHS, this is what you should do if you or someone you know has been spiked:

  • Speak to a member of staff at the venue- they should be trained to help you
  • Remain next to them, keep talking to the person and reassure them that help is coming 
  • Encourage them to avoid taking any more drugs, including alcohol 
  • Prevent them from leaving the venue alone or with anyone you don’t trust and who can’t prove that they know them well 
  • Report the incident to the police 

Events like Girls Night-ins were organized in solidarity with victims of spiking, as well as the King’s College London Night In that occurred at Guy’s Bar. The purpose of these events is also to demand further security measures to reduce the number of spiking incidents. 

The solutions should focus on aiding rather than blaming the victim. Giving victims the space and support to report the incident is essential since it requires access to blood and urine tests as evidence. We need to understand that the concerns of spikings also relate to sexual violence, and understanding that sexual violence is a continuing trend and not a separate incident is important. It is crucial to provide awareness about how to report it and affirm the experiences of the victims properly. 

It Happens Here KCL (@ithappensherekcl) provides a peer support group that is a safe space for everyone. It allows someone to share their experience and listen to other individuals. Participants can use an alias to remain anonymous. These meetings occur every Thursday from 5-6 pm. For more information about the support group, look up the Instagram @ithappensherekcl.

Sources

1.https://www.instagram.com/p/CUmvPmagOlU/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

2.https://www.nhsgrampian.org/news/2021/october/statement-and-advice-from-nhs-grampian-following-recent-reports-of-spiking-by-injection/

3.https://www.instagram.com/p/CVvdH37AxGo/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

4.https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/uk-police-receive-dozens-reports-needle-spiking-bars-clubs-rcna4304

5.https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0038038512475108

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