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Cornish mum collapses after having drink spiked

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Published by Emma Carton at 8:09am 22nd November 2018.

A woman has described the terrifying moment her friend collapsed after her drink was spiked in Cornwall.

The mum in her 30s was reportedly targeted at a pub near St Austell last month.

The incident follows similar cases in Newquay, Falmouth and Penzance.

In October, figures revealed police in the Duchy and Devon had dealt with almost 70 so far this year.

"There's absolutely no way that a regular, fit, healthy woman, who hasn't actually had that much to drink, goes from being absolutely fine to being paralysed yet conscious within the space of around ninety seconds.

"She'd been drugged by someone. There's absolutely no doubt in my mind that that's what happened.

"In hindsight, it's really sensible to not drink drinks that have been left unattended but when you live somewhere like this, you just assume that things like that aren't going to happen.

"That's naieve and it doesn't just happen to women - it can happen to men as well".

Caitlin Dean

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A woman whose friend collapsed after reportedly having her drink spiked in a pub in Cornwall has issued a warning to others

How can I avoid being spiked?

  • Never leave your drink unattended
  • Don't accept a drink from someone you don't know
  • Keep an eye on your friends' drinks
  • Stay away from situations that you don't feel comfortable with
  • Let someone know where you are and what time you expect to be home, especially if you're going on a date with someone you don't know
  • Don't give out too much information to someone you've just met, such as your address
  • It's important to remember that if you've already been drinking, it may make you less aware of any danger.

How do I know my drink has been spiked?

If your drink has been spiked it's unlikely you'll be able to see, smell or taste any difference. However, you may experience certain symptoms. You may:

  1. Feel drowsy, confused or find it difficult to speak or move
  2. Feel drunker than you should, depending on how much you have drunk
  3. Not be able to remember what you have done.

What should I do if I think my drink has been spiked?

  • Tell someone you trust, such as a friend or staff.
  • If you are alone, ask the pub landlord or bar manager to call a trusted friend for you.
  • Your friend, or someone you trust, should take you to the nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department and tell the medical staff your drink may have been spiked.
  • Report it to the police as soon as you can. They will need to take blood and urine samples. Most drugs leave the body within 72 hours of being taken, but some can be gone in 12 hours so it's important to be tested as soon as possible.
  • If you have been sexually assaulted, even if you are too upset to report it to the police immediately, you should try to seek medical assistance if you have been hurt or injured. Any forensic evidence obtained during tests can be stored.

You can read more advice from Devon and Cornwall Police on the force's 'Before Your Night Out' page.

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