Student spiking warning: St John Ambulance steps up its night-time … – St John Ambulance

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St John Ambulance shares its simple but lifesaving advice on how to keep safe on a night out

Thursday, 29 September 2022: With fears of alcohol poisoning and drink and needle spiking increasing during Fresher’s Week, St John Ambulance is encouraging new and returning students to always be alert when out socialising and learn how to spot the warning signs in their friends – so they can enjoy their nights out safely.   
The health response and first aid charity is stepping up its Night Time Economy support in busy university towns, to offer safe treatment spaces, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights, where people may need help.     
St John strives to help protect those who may be vulnerable on a night out, especially young women. Operating in seven big university towns and cities St John Ambulance, along with partners, help those who have had too much to drink or may be showing symptoms of spiking, by giving them prompt care or treatment. 
Spikings, and suspected spikings, have become a more common call for St John Ambulance. 
Throughout October, St John people will be out and about in Leicester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Manchester, Wolverhampton, Southampton and Soho, London, on key nights including many Friday and Saturdays.
Mike Perkins, the District Community Response Lead in Leicester, said, “It’s so important to be able to spot the signs when something isn’t right and know what to do when things do go wrong. Unfortunately, there is no anti-spiking pill, so it’s a case of being alert and taking steps to keep you and your friends safe, and if you are spiked, calling 999 or seeking medical help.” 
St John are urging new and returning students to be aware of the issue and to ‘look out for each other’ and Mike added: “University is often the first time most people have lived away from home and can often be the first time many have gone out too. We want everyone to have an amazing time but to look out for one another. Friends are really important.”   
St John Ambulance shares its night safety advice to university students, including what to do if you’re spiked:    
  Click here for more information on alcohol poisoning, drug poisoning.
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