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My Drink Was Spiked

Sipping on a glass of wine in a pumping night spot. I never thought it could happen to me.
I had read the stories. seen the statistics and heard about the horror aftermath, but enjoying a night out with friends, I never gave it a second thought.
It was only after waking four hours later that the awful truth hit me - my drink had been spiked.
Fortunately, I was with caring friends who looked after me.
But with about 1400 people sexually assaulted each year in Australia after having their drinks spiked. I should have known better than to leave my drink on a table while ducking to the bathroom.
What could have happened to me if a friend had not been sober enough to take me to their house to lie down? I shudder to think.
I was vulnerable, in a pub in a part of Melbourne that was alien to me, with no way of knowing where to go for help if I ran into trouble.
And, by all appearances, I was just another drunk, stumbling and staggering to the door for a gulp of fresh air.
It was about 15 minutes after downing the rest of the glass after my return from the bathroom that I started to lose control of my senses.
My head began to spin. I wobbled and crashed into objects, my body began to shake - and I have little recollection of what happened next.
Forty-five minutes later, I was prostrate, unconscious, at a friend's house.
I'm not into drugs, so to me there was no other logical explanation for my lightning-quick decline - or the hallucinations when I awoke.
My experience - where all but one friend wrote me off as simply being drunk - highlights how easily these predators can be successful.
Drink-spiking is an insidious crime and it is paramount people take their friends seriously when they say they are not feeling right.

Sunday Mail 10-10-2004
Elissa Doherty


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