PEOPLE who believe their drink has been spiked have been urged to contact Warrnambool police.
The message comes after a young Warrnambool woman said she had been left fearful after her drink was apparently spiked at a local venue.
Senior Sergeant Shane Keogh said if someone was ill and aware their drink had been spiked they should attend hospital, where the treatment would be symptomatic and no blood test taken.
He said any blood test would be organised as part of a police investigation.
“If someone suspects they have had their drink spiked they can report the matter to police who can assess if a toxicology assessment is required via police forensics,” he said.
Senior Sergeant Keogh said people should never leave a drink unattended and be aware of who they were drinking with.
“Don’t accept drinks given to you from unknown people,” he said. “Their health and welfare is the main priority.”
In the past five years there have been a number of incidents of drink spiking reported to Warrnambool police.
This week The Standard reported a young woman, who did not want to be identified, consumed five alcoholic drinks in the course of a night, one at a Warrnambool venue, and had no memory of what happened for about a two-hour period
She said she was lucky she had friends with her who looked after her and now felt uncomfortable about going out.
“I was freaked out,” she said.
“A friend made a comment to me that he could have been watching me. I’ve always been very careful but I never really thought it would happen. I don’t want to go out again.”