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If the spiking incident happened recently, there might be evidence that could help find who spiked you.
Some of this evidence may be used in court, if we can identify and find who spiked you. We call this 'forensic evidence'.
Forensic evidence can include:
If you think there has also been a rape or sexual assault, find out about forensic evidence that could help the case.
If you report to us that you believe someone has spiked you, we may ask you to provide a urine or blood sample for forensic testing.
Only the police can conduct a forensic test; the result of this can be used in evidence if we identify who spiked you.
Some drugs leave the body within 12 hours or much sooner. If you report to us as soon as possible, so we can take a sample that could be used for testing. But many other drugs remain in the body longer, so we might be able to test you up to seven days after the incident.
The test we can use is the most effective way of finding out whether someone has spiked you. It can detect over a hundred different types of drugs.
If someone has spiked you with alcohol, there are other ways we can investigate what happened to you.
If you report spiking within this seven-day time period, an officer will visit you wherever you are to provide you with a sterile container for the urine sample. They may have a doctor with them to take a blood sample.
Where possible, we'll do our best to send an officer appropriate to your gender, but we cannot guarantee this. Our priority is to get an officer to you as soon as possible.
But although forensic testing can tell you and us whether someone has indeed spiked you, you're in control. If you don’t want to give us a blood or urine sample for forensic testing, that's fine. We still want to hear from you.
If you tell the police how much you have drunk and whether you have voluntarily taken illegal or prescribed medication, we’ll be able to provide a more accurate result.
It is not a crime to have illegal drugs in your system unless you are driving. So please don’t let this stop you reporting spiking. You won’t be in trouble for it and we won’t judge you.
If someone spiked you more than seven days ago, we would still like you to report it. We might still be able to investigate your case and collect evidence. Crucially, we'll be able to provide you with any support you may need. Your report may also help us to identify a pattern of spiking cases.
Hospital staff or paramedics may test you to help decide how best to treat your symptoms. But this test isn’t designed to show for policing purposes with which specific drugs you were spiked.
If you are tested in a hospital or by your GP, you’ll need also to have a police forensic test. This is what can be used as evidence to support charges or convictions.
Some venues offer rapid drinks testing kits. Or you may have bought some yourself. These can sometimes be a useful early indicator that someone may have spiked you. But they may not pick up all substances used to spike and may give false positives or negatives.
If you report a spiking incident to us that happened up to seven days ago, we may ask you to provide a urine sample for forensic testing. A police officer may come to see you and take a urine sample.
Although forensic testing can tell you and us whether someone has indeed spiked you, you're in control. If you don’t want to give us a urine sample, that's fine.
When you report a spiking incident to the police, we’ll ask you if you think that there is any other evidence. For example, a glass, a needle or CCTV footage.