Drink Spiking

Drink Spiking

What is drink spiking?

Someone has spiked your drink if they have added drugs (legal or illicit) or extra alcohol to your drink without your consent. It is illegal for anyone to “spike” another person’s drink. If your drink is spiked, please remember that this is not your fault. You are the only one who should get to make choices related to your body.

To minimize risk here are some things to keep in mind:

•    Avoid leaving your drink unattended
•    Avoid accepting a drink from anyone you don't know or trust
•    Keep an eye on your friends' drinks
•    Keep your drink in your hand instead of on a surface
•    Avoid sharing or exchanging drinks
•    Avoid drinking leftover drinks
•    Make plans for your journey home with friends & don't leave without each other

Some physical symptoms that someone who has been drugged may experience include:

•    Difficulty breathing
•    Dizziness, disorientation and blurred vision
•    Nausea or vomiting
•    Loss of control over your body
•    Passing out
•    Waking up with no memories or missing memories from a prolonged period of time
•    Feeling drunk when you’ve had little to no alcohol
•    Sudden change in body temperature (hot and cold)
•    Heart rate changes

If your drink is spiked, there are a number of resources available to you:

•    If you have any urgent medical needs, please call 911 or get to an Emergency Room.  
•    MIT Police
•    Alcohol and Other Drug Services (AODS)
•    DoingWell


Information adapted from  RAINN