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New Drink Spiking Alert

Eight people, including a truck driver, are the latest victims of suspected drink-spiking in Adelaide.
In the most recent incident, the 50-year-old truckle told police he woke up in Elder Park on Friday morning, with his wallet stolen.
He last remembered having a few beers in a city pub.
The other Incidents included:
TWO men who had their drinks spiked in separate instances on January 19 and 23.
A 21-year-old woman who noticed a substance dissolving in her drink, in a city bar. on January 17.
AN 18-year-old woman who was found unconscious at the Torrens Arms Hotel, Kingswood, on January 16.
TWO women, aged 25 and 26, who believed they were drugged while drinking at the nearby Edinburgh Hotel, Mitcham, on January 11.
POLICE were told that a woman's drink was spiked at a southern suburbs hotel on January 9.
"Anecdotally, we understand (drink-spiking) does occur but people might be embarrassed or fear they won't be believed," police drug action team coordinator Sergeant Adrian Jones said.
"But the community has a responsibility to advise us about this and unless we are aware, we can't take action." Police said that in the January 16 incident, the victim left her friends who thought she had gone home. Staff found her in the hotel's toilets, her handbag stolen. In the incident involving two female friends, police said one was found wandering in a confused state on a Mitcham street, in the early hours.
The other woman had fallen and injured her face, requiring stitches. The women told police they had no recollection of leaving the hotel.
Detective Senior Sergeant Sid Thomas, of Sturt police, said the incidents were of great concern.
"We hear of this reasonably regularly," he said,
Professor Jason White, of the Drug and Alcohol Services Council, said the drugs used in drink-spiking were usually sedatives and hard to detect. "But If the drink has a white residue, tastes funny or has a strange look about it, don't consume it," he said.
Dr David Caldicott, of the Royal Adelaide Hospital, said alcohol itself was a common drug used to spike drinks.
"The vast majority alleging their drink was spiked it may well have been, but with an extra shot of alcohol rather than the GHB drug (gamma hydroxybutyrate or fantasyi)," Dr Caldicott said.
"We've been watching the problem for a while and in three years, of the 150 cases that have arrived here, we've only seen four positive results of GHB."
Drink-spiking symptoms can include memory loss and losing consciousness.
The danger for someone under the influence is that they could be assaulted or be in an accident," Professor White said.
"The most important thing is to know what happens to your drink and be cautious about anyone buying drinks for you."

Adelaide Advertiser 25-1-2004
Anna Merola


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