What Drugs Are Involved In Drink Spiking?

What is Drink Spiking?

Drink spiking is the act of adding drugs or alcohol to someone’s beverage (often alcoholic) without their permission. Most cases of drink spiking occur with the intention of sexual assault or robbery. Other reasons include kidnapping, anger toward the chosen victim or entertainment. Young women are the most common targets of this illegal crime, although approximately 11% of men are victims as well. Most cases of drink spiking occur in night clubs, bars and parties. Dizziness, blackouts, poor coordination and decreased inhibitions are just a few of the effects of drink spiking.

When someone’s drink is spiked, they often do not realize it until it is far too late and they are either unconscious or unable to communicate properly. Unfortunately, in many cases of drink spiking the victim does not even realize anything is wrong until the event has passed and they wake up uncomfortable and with memory loss. Most people who have their drinks spiked eventually blackout, which typically occurs in a few hours. A blackout can last up to 12 hours and is followed by memory loss.

What Drugs are used for Drink Spiking?

Types of drugs and alcohol involved in drink spiking include:

  • Alcohol – Alcohol is perhaps the most popular drug used to spike drinks. People use alcohol in drink spiking either by adding it to a non-alcoholic beverage or by adding extra shots to an already alcoholic beverage. In some drink combinations, you may not even be able to taste added alcohol.
  • GHB – This drug has effects similar to that of ecstasy and most often comes in the form of a liquid or powder. Its effects take place in 10 to 20 minutes. This drug can be very dangerous but becomes even more dangerous when added to alcohol. Effects of GHB include inability to speak properly, poor motor coordination, sleepiness, amnesia, hallucinations and short-term comas. GHB is odorless and colorless, although it may have a slightly salty or bitter taste to it.
  • Ketamine – Ketamine is meant to be used among veterinarians as an anaesthetic for animals. It most often comes in liquid form and it typically injected. Use of this drug creates an out of body experience which becomes more extreme the more you take of the drug. The name of this effect is a “K-hole”. Boredom, nausea, confusion, amnesia and vision problems are other effects of ketamine. This depressant’s effects take place in about 5 to 20 minutes.
  • Rohypnol – This drug is a popular drug of choice for drink spiking and most often comes in pill form This depressant is similar to the drug valium, but much more potent. Effects of this drug include slurred speech, inability to concentrate, poor coordination, dizzy feelings, lack of inhibition, nausea and amnesia. It takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes to feel the effects of this drug. In more recent years, a blue dye has been added to this drug as a way of preventing drink spiking. This dye however cannot be seen in dark colored beverages or bottles.

Additional categories (which may include drugs already mentioned) and types of drugs include:

  • Benzodiazepines
  • Midazolam
  • Ethanol
  • Temazepam
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Hypnotics
  • Ecstasy
  • Burunganda
  • LSD
  • Methamphetamines
  • Barbiturates
  • Valium

What are the Effects of Drink Spiking?

The effects of drink spiking differ for each person. Reactions differ based on a person’s age, sex, size and on what type of drug or alcoholic beverage was given. Common effects include:

  • Unconsciousness
  • Decreased inhibitions
  • Paralysis
  • Inability to protect ones’ self
  • Memory loss
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Muscle spasms
  • Poor coordination
  • Euphoric feelings
  • Sleepiness
  • Respiratory complications
  • Slurring of speech
  • Dizziness

Some people who have been affected by drink spiking feel as if they have had more alcohol than they actually did or sense that they have had sex but do not remember it. Other people wake up feeling almost hung over and have no memory of certain periods of time.


8 Responses to “What Drugs Are Involved In Drink Spiking?”

  1. Antje Stevens

    I am convinced my daughters drink was spiked and I’m wondering how to determine if GHB was added. Within 15 min of consuming her drink a shot of Amarula, she virtually collapsed and started vomiting, we rushed her to the ER as she was unresponsive. She seemed as if in a coma BP dropped to 80/60 all the while vomiting but unconscious. She has been like that for 3 hours and shaking what test can be performed to establish if this is in fact GHB. She regained consciousness briefly to calling her name but is “passed out” again. how long does this last?

  2. Ms Wright

    I was given a drink..I took a small sip and noticed the strong poison like taste..I tried to spit it out…within minutes I felt hot..became dizzy and passed out not hearing a sound or even knowing I hit my head whatever this person gave me was lethal..my tongue was very numb..I can’t help but to imagine what damage would’ve occured if I had drinked more..one sip did this…

  3. chika

    I was a confident strong happy women until put all my trust in my close family I kept on going to ther house they often said its safer to drink coffee ther so I trust her words
    At one stage I was dizzy the next I’m sleepy the worst they made me believe that I could only have trust in them
    The more I ate and drank coffee at her house the more I was worried scared to be alone the more hallucinations I had they even convinced me to sign some papers which I can’t really recall they even called family and community members to say I’m harming myself which I’d never do she made me believe that others wanted to get rid of me then to hurt me ther words “how dose it feel for someone else to be incontroll of your life I panicked I was destroyed still don’t know what drugs they wer spiking me I’m glad nothing bad happened to me thanks to the hospital and police but the worst is u can’t prove this against them

  4. Gina

    I was out celebrating with friends and had my drink spiked, I had only taken a sip of my second drink of the night, when I started feeling dizzy, I didn’t have anymore of it, as I knew, something wasn’t right.

  5. Ron

    I met a woman online and we met for drinks and a snack. We decided to get a room (her suggestion) and she was both affectionate and stand-offish at the same time, which seemed odd since she was the one to contact me to begin with (it was an adult oriented singles site).

    Next thing I knew I was waking up 12 hours later in a room that I didn’t recall being in, until I had a look around. She was nowhere to be found and had left unannounced. I checked my wallet and my cash and credit card were missing. Thank god the car keys were still there.

    I was very weak and disoriented when standing up and remain so 12 hours later. We are going to do what we can to have this woman arrested. She even sent some photos that she took while I was passed out, lying prone and upright naked on a bed which she’s threatened to publish, adding a comment that I ‘should have let the shoes go through’, a purchase that was denied when she tried to use my CC while I was still passed out.

    I have no idea when she drugged my drink but in hindsight she was careful to note which one was mine and which was hers.

  6. Robert

    I was at a Family reunion Sat night with my Fiance, I only remember have 3 drinks there and having a good time. I don’t remember leaving with her, but sometime around 4 am I found myself driving somewhere in the western part of the state. I have no recollection of anything. Only knew I had hurt someone. I found out I had assaulted her. I still can’t believe I did this. She said she didn’t recognize my voice and I would stop, She knows it wasn’t me behind it, but thinks it was the alcohol, Is there a drug out there that can be put into a drink to cause that kind of anger? Uncontrolled rage? I found a police dept in a small town to help me, and requested to be tested but they wouldn’t. And now I’m in a fight to protect myself. What can I do?

  7. Nana

    My drink was spiked last nite, it was just plain water after I had 2 glasses of red wine. This guy I met was with me when he spiked my drinks, I know this when I get so high even after taking plain water, strange enough I was so lucky to feel this and couldnt thinking any further but just to leave this club. He was one of the influential person there but thank god I could ran away out of there and managed to walk in my two feet and got into my car and drove home, safely thank god. Anybody out there who feels things are not right just leave, dont wait any longer.


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