Spiking is when someone puts alcohol or drugs into another person’s drink or their body without their knowledge and/or consent. (Rape Crisis, 2023)
Spiking someone’s drink carries a punishment of up to 10 years in prison in the UK. (Sexual Offences Act 2003)
92% incidents unreported to the police. (Alcohol Education Trust, 2023)
The most common method used to spike someone is by drink tampering, 77% of victims that have reported an incident of spiking on our Spike Report have been spiked via drink tampering. 20% have been spiked via needle injection.
More recently, people have been victims of spiking from smoking and vaping. It is important to understand that spiking by definition is inserting drugs into another person’s body without their knowledge, therefore lacing vapes with drugs without that person’s knowledge as well as inserting drugs into a roll up cigarette without consent is also spiking.
Recreational drugs used to spike people are: MDMA, LSD, Ketamine
‘Date rape’ drugs used to spike people are: Rohypnol, GHB, GBL
A lot of these substances do not have any significant smell or taste in a drink and are therefore hard to identify. The most common substance used to spike someone is alcohol whereby alcohol is added to a non-alcoholic or alcoholic drink without consent.
As there is only a small amount of perpetrators caught spiking, the reasons as to why people spike arent conclusive however based on the evidence we have from Spike Report we can begin to draw some data.
Submit to our Spike Report to CTA here