Thousands of people have their drink spiked every year. Many incidents happen in clubs, at festivals or on holiday and go unreported due to embarrassment or memory loss. Some cases can lead to sexual assault or mugging. We can all help to protect ourselves from this danger.
What is CYD?
CYD® (Check Your Drink) is a drink spiking detection test.
It has been developed with expert chemists in the UK to help combat drink spiking.
CYD tests for Ketamineand GHB.
How do you use the test?
It’s really simple, just apply a drop of drink to the yellow & pink test papers. If either test paper changes to orange or blue, DON’T DRINK!
You can also test vomit if necessary.
What are some symptoms of being spiked?
- Feeling unusually drunk when you haven’t
had any or enough alcohol to feel that way.
- Sudden sweating or temperature change.
- Increase in dizziness, disorientation,
hallucinations or blurred vision.
- Loss of bowel or bladder control.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Loss of feeling in limbs.
- Memory loss or “blackouts”
How else do I protect myself?
- Try not to go out on your own and go with
family/friends – look out for each other!
- Let someone know where you’re going and
what time you expect to be home.
- If possible, make plans for your journey
home at the beginning of your evening.
- Never leave your drinks unattended.
- Don’t finish your drink if you think its spiked.
- If you or your friends start behaving strangely or are unusually unwell, take a CYD test. If the test is positive, seek help from bar staff or trusted friends to get you safely home.
- Support your friends – stay with them until they feel better.
- Be aware of the overly friendly stranger.
- Don’t ever give out your address to someone you’ve just met.
- If you are traveling abroad, be aware of the local area and where you can find help. Drink spiking is a global problem. Take some CYD tests with you.
- When in bars or clubs, get your drink directly from the bartender. Keep your meyes on your order. If you leave your drink munattended, be wary of going back to it.
- Ultimately, go out and have lots of fun but be safe and support one another!