Its Saturday night you are out with your BFF; the Vodka and red bull is flowing like water. Two, three, four, drinks there seems to be no limit; you are getting tipsy and then the fun comes to an abrupt end; your BFF suddenly drops to the ground she begins to vomit, she is sleepy and her speech is slurred, she cant even stand up. You could have sworn she didn’t have as many drinks as you did how could this be happening, she’s out of control.
Is she drunk or is something else going on?
Common signs: Vomiting, stomach pain, slurred speech, increased sleepiness, inability to walk and memory loss are common; you girlfriend wont be able to remember how much she had to drink. Death may result if large concentration of the drug is used, or impurities are present in the drug.
Think: take a moment to consider what is going on with your mate, she hadn’t drunk as much as you; there was also that very suspicious pushy guy at the bar that was trying to pick her up. Could he be responsible for this? She left her drink unattended while she went to the toilet. Could this guy have spiked her drink with the intent of taking advantage of her or worse.
i) Never leave your drinks unattended and be aware of guys that are pushy and are overly interested in you, have your wits about you.
ii) Basic support: If your mate has been a victim of drink spiking support them and stay with them and under no circumstances make an assumption that they are drunk and that they will sleep it off. This is a common mistake and can cost lives.
iii) Emergency response: call 000: check their airway, clear any vomit or anything else that may be in the mouth; then place them on their side. While you wait for the ambulance.