Drink and needle spiking is not a recognised as a stand alone criminal offence in the UK . Quite often, spiking attacks are usually only taken into account if linked to a recognised criminal offence such as rape or theft.
Most victims of a drink or needle spiking attack are young females in their late teens and early twenties. However, anyone of us can be a victim of drink or needle spiking - any gender and any age.
The majority of drink and needle spiking attacks go unreported. This is usually because the victims have been drinking alcohol and are fearful of not being believed and accused of drinking too much.
The majority of drink and needle spiking attacks go unreported. This is usually because the victims can not actually recall the detail of what happened to them due to the effects of the spiking drug on their memory.
Most young people are fully aware of what drink and needle spiking is and live with the fear of being attacked. Drink and needle spiking is accepted as part of a 'normal' night out for most young people and has been for many years.