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Drink Spike Warning

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:00am 31st December 2012.

Pirate FM has learnt the number of people getting their drink spiked in Cornwall and Devon has jumped by a third.

Police are cracking down on New Year's Eve.

The warning: do not leave glasses unattended or let strangers go to the bar.

Jess from Camborne was found by her friend as she was being put into a car by two men after a night out: "I couldn't feel my legs, I went really dizzy, I remember feeling quite sick and my vision went blurry. My friend came outside and the two guys we were talking to were about to put me in a taxi.

"I was very wobbly, I looked like I'd had quite a lot to drink and they said they were going to take me home and look after me.

"She, obviously, was quite suspicious, knew I'd only had one drink and took me straight to hospital."

Deputy Chief Inspector David Zinzan from Devon and Cornwall Police said: "I don't want to be alarmist because the numbers are very, very low, obviously, but keep an eye on your drink and never leave it unattended and be careful of accepting drinks from strangers. If you are in a group of people then look after each other and stay safe together."

NHS Safety Advice:

If your drink has been spiked it's unlikely that you will be able see, smell or taste any difference.

The following steps may help prevent someone from spiking your drink:

  • 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.
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