Giving spiked people answers: drug test kits

Our new multidrug test kits are helping people who’ve been spiked get the answers they need, fast. 

Between 5 and 10 November we investigated 29 reports of spiking with drugs across the West Midlands.

One of the multidrug testing kits
One of the multidrug testing kits

Our officers used the new kits to test 28 of the people who contacted us. Within minutes of the samples being taken, we were able to tell 27 that no drugs were detected. This helped people who were really worried.

One sample detected THC – a mind altering chemical found in cannabis.

Detective Superintendent Sean Phillips, who is leading our response to spiking said: “The kits have been really popular with people. They feel much safer when we’re able to tell them that no drugs have been detected. Many will have never taken drugs before, so they were really worried about what would happen to their bodies. 

“We always recommend that people still speak to their doctor or go to hospital in cases where they’ve told us that they were injected.

“All of our officers know that they’re only to be used to detect drugs used in spiking cases. They are never to be used to take action against people who may have taken drugs – we would always refer those people to health organisations who can help them change.”

Where drugs are detected, the sample will be used to help develop our investigation and can be used as evidence in court. In all cases we investigate without judgement. 

“It’s really important that people tell us as soon as they can if they think they’ve been spiked. Even second can help get them the help they need and track down perpetrators,” added Det Supt Phillips.

In an emergency dial 999 or talk to us on Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk.

Spiking investigations 5 November – 10 November 2021
Spiking investigations 5 November – 10 November 2021 

Remember: 
Spiking is against the law. It’s a serious crime with serious consequences.

People are more aware of spiking than ever before so you’re more likely to be found out.

If you spiked someone to enable sexual activity, you could face 10 years in jail, you may also be placed on the sex offenders register. 

A criminal conviction will change your life. You may lose your job, your home, future careers will be affected when you tell them about your past and you may also face restrictions on travel with countries like the USA not giving visas to people with convictions for serious crimes. 

Make the right choices and look out for each other. 

Get information on spiking at west-midland.police.uk 

The charity Victim Support are ready to help you if you’ve been spiked in the past and are struggling to cope. Call them 24/7 on 0808 1689.


 

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