Luton Business Improvement District (BID) decided to fight back and protect the local community by providing free anti-drink spiking tools for pubs and bars in Luton town centre.

With no need for a thorough WHO investigation, we can say that drink-spiking is a manmade pandemic. The ‘disease’ escaped from the original sick individual’s mind and has quickly infected many people all around the world. According to UK police forces, 2,650 incidents were recorded between 2015 and 2019, affecting 71.6% of women and 26.3% of men. Most of the victims are between 18 and 40.

According to a recent YouGov research, one in nine women (11%) say they have been a victim of drink spiking. 8% say a family member has been spiked, and 12% have friends who have had drinks spiked in the past. It means a third of women have either been spiked or know someone who has.

The chief executive of the Alcohol Education Trust (AET), Helena Connibar, pointed out that in a survey of 23,000 students from 19 universities, 11% percent said that they had been spiked. Shockingly, only 8% of those cases were reported. Connibar said that AET urges MPs to make spiking a special criminal offence because of the large number of cases and the current lack of strict or specific consequences.

Spiking someone’s drink is not only dangerous when it provides an opportunity to commit a shameful crime, but the substance itself can cause the victim serious damage as well. Greg Mackie, a TV Media student from Edinburgh, died due to suspected drink spiking. Millie Taplin, 18 was taken to hospital from a nightclub called MooMoo in Southend after her drink was spiked with an unknown substance. She suffered from violent seizures and although she made a full recovery, she still struggles mentally and worries about going out again. Here is what students in Luton think about the danger and what pubs can do to prevent drink spiking:

Luton Business Improvement District (BID) decided to join the fight and protect the local community by providing free anti-drink-spiking tools for pubs and bars in Luton town centre.

BID manager Julia Horsman

BID has provided more than 9,000 StopTopps, anti-drink-spiking glass covers produced by Safe Original Style UK (SOS UK) designed as a protective lid for people’s drinks. Julia Horsman, the manager of Luton BID, has said that improving safety in the town centre will always be an important issue for Luton BID.