*TW: spiking and rape mentioned in statement*
"We have heard the disturbing reports of an increase in spiking incidents happening in Glasgow. Strath Union provides a safe space for all students and we will not tolerate any behaviour that puts our members at risk.
This is not a crime that anyone should be expected to prepare themselves for.
We want you to feel safe in all our venues and if you think that you, or anyone else, has been spiked tell us and we will immediately give you the support you need.
Often, it is a drink that will be spiked, however current reports are of injections. If your drink has been spiked it's unlikely that you will see, smell or taste any difference. Most date rape drugs take effect within 15-30 minutes and symptoms usually last for several hours.
If you start to feel strange or more drunk than you normally would, you should get help straight away.
It is not your fault if you are spiked, but there are some steps you can take for your own safety if it happens or if you are worried it has happened:
Speak to a member of staff, one of our stewards and/or venue managers
Tell your friends and ask them to stay with you
If you start to feel worse, ask for an ambulance to be called
Don’t walk off alone or go home on your own or with anyone you don’t know or trust
Try not to drink more alcohol as this could lead to more serious problems
If you are spiked, you are the victim of a crime and you must not hesitate to contact the police or ambulance services on 999 for help.
You can also contact the University’s report and support: https://studentsupport.strath.ac.uk/report/
We also want to extend our support to any Strathclyde students that have been affected. You can reach out to our Advice Hub at: email@example.com if you need support or call NHS24 on 111."
- Your Student Exec Team 2021/22