A Birmingham student claims she was spiked with an injection whilst at a university Halloween party.
University of Birmingham third-year student, Amy Taylor was attending the Fab ‘N’ Halloween party, which was organised by the Guild of Students on October 30.
Suddenly, her legs began to feel "fuzzy" before she started drifting in and out of consciousness.
After being taken to A&E, she says a "puncture wound" was found in a bruise on her arm, leading her to believe she was injected.
Explaining the incident to The Tab, she said: "It happened at the end of the night between 2:30-3am.
"I started feeling a throbbing in my right arm and looked down to see a weird looking bruise, but ignored it and thought I was overreacting.
"My eyes started rolling back into my head and I started drifting in and out.
"My friends alerted staff at Fab and (they) helped me to the chill-out room because I couldn’t feel my legs or walk properly."
Amy said staff advised her friends to take her to A&E in an Uber because the ambulance wait time was so long.
Here heart was monitored with blood pressure checks and ECGs and blood was taken for a toxicology report when they found a "puncture mark" in her arm.
"Once I was feeling better they gave me a Hepatitis B jab and discharged me with my friend to go home and advised me to call the police," she added.
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The student has since been in contact with the Guild of Students and West Midlands Police.
She said: "The police were very matter-of-fact about it – they came to the house the morning after to ask questions, take a picture of the outfit I was wearing to track me on CCTV, and take another urine sample.
Amy added: "I’m not going to go on nights out for a bit and when I do, I don’t think I’ll drink for the first few nights so I am very aware of my surroundings. Although this might not prevent spiking, and I shouldn’t have to do this, I’ll feel safer and more in control."
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A spokesperson for the University of Birmingham’s Guild of Students said: "We are aware of a number of incidents within our venue and have reached out to support those involved. We are also cooperating with police investigations.
"The Guild cannot comment on individual cases, to respect the privacy of students. We have implemented a number of enhanced measures to increase student safety which are set out in our recent statement and published on our website."
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A West Midlands Police spokesperson said: "These incidents have been reported to us and we’re investigating.
"We know that lots of people are posting about their experiences online and we’d continue to encourage them to contact us to let us know what’s happened – like these women have."
Anyone who believes they have been a victim of spiking in any form to contact the police via 101 anytime or to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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