18 November 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Youth wings of political groupings in Co Monaghan have sounded an alert this week over increasing incidents of drink “spiking” which have been reported since licensed premises and nightclubs have returned to comprehensive operation following the lifting of Covid-19 pandemic restrictions. Spiking is the deliberate addition of drugs or alcohol to a person’s drink without their knowledge. It is believed that the greater accessibility during the pandemic of drugs and pharmaceutical compounds via online ordering has contributed to the rise in spiking incidents.

Commentators have also noted an increase in the non-medical use of sedatives over the course of the pandemic. “Victims can be severely affected by having their drink spiked,” Associate Forensic Science Professor Lata Gautam recently told RTÉ. “They may lose consciousness and may not know what is happening. Substances associated with drink spiking are generally sedatives, which slow brain activity and may cause memory loss.

They can also impair your perception, disorienting you and making it hard to maintain your balance. They can cause slurred speech and even unconsciousness. “These effects can sometimes be confused with severe alcohol intoxication, leading to a common assumption that the victim was drunk rather than drugged. Drink spiking can result in hospitalisation or even death. But even short of this, the victim could suffer psychological effects after being spiked – especially if they are…

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