Now You CAN Tell If Your Drinks Are Spiked
These three friends know
too well the extent and implications of drink-spiking.
Two of their friends have been
hospitalised after having their
drinks spiked in nightclubs.
According to SA Police.
emergency doctors and drug and sexual assault bodies,
they are examples of a growing and
But there is a new defence on
its way - The Drink Spike Detector. "A girl who I know was
hospitalised after getting her
drinks spiked and she can't remember, whole parts of the
night, she just became really
vague and delirious," said
Rhianna Crouch, 20, of Myrtle
Liz Wilsen, 20, of Hawthorn,
also knows about the dangers.
"It is something I am always
aware of - if my friends go to the
bathroom or go to the dance
floor, I always watch their
drinks," she said.
In an effort to reduce the
incidence of drug-facilitated
sexual offences, the new pocket
test kit will be introduced to the
South Australian market this
The Drink Spike Detector is
the first of its kind in Australia
- a credit-card sized product
that is able to test for odourless
and tasteless drugs placed in
drinks- The Drink Safe Teconologies product is able to test,
from a few drops, if a drink is
spiked with the illicit substances GHB (Fantasy) or
About 30 drink-spiking incidents have been reported in SA
in the past six months, a police
The Centre Against Sexual
Assault House counsellor Juliet
Watson said the problem is
The centre had 156 drug and
alcohol-facilitated assaults reported to them from February
to October last year in Victoria
alone, and figures were similar
"I think it is under-reported,"
Ms Watson said yesterday.
"Some drugs are out of the
system quicker than 24 hours
and we are dealing with a crime
where the victim has little memory of what has happened."
registrar at the Royal Adelaide
Hospital Dr David Caldicott
said the amount of drink-spiking victims that reported to
the hospital varied seasonally.
"Drink-spiking comes in
waves. Recently there have not
been that many but in the past
few years we were dealing with
10 a week," Dr Caldicott said.
"The vast majority don't present to us though, they would
just go home, so we can never
really know the complete story."
The University of Wollongong
Student Representative Council
is distributing the product in
pubs and clubs in response to a
surge in drink-spiking incidents
in New South Wales. The product will be released, through
Amcal and Guardian
pharmacies, this week. The
Crown & Anchor already stocks
the product. It will retail for
$13.95 for six tests.
Adelaide Advertiser (2-7-2003)