Spiking has a direct effect on your body. One moment you feel very sober, and the next moment you can be completely out of it.
Common symptoms are:
- feeling ill or being sick
- feeling 'dizzy' or more drunk than expected
- feeling confused or disoriented
- being sleepy
- blurred or delayed vision, or difficulty seeing properly
- loss of balance or coordination
- having difficulty communicating
These symptoms may appear within 15 minutes, depending on what you ingest, and can last for several hours.
The drugs often also cause memory loss so that you may not remember exactly what happened to you or who the perpetrator was.
Date rape drugs are particularly dangerous when mixed with alcohol, because they combine to have a very powerful anaesthetic effect. In extreme cases, they can lead to a coma or even death.
Spiking often leads to psychological symptoms such as fear and shame, especially if abuse or rape is also involved. Victims often do not report the crime out of shame or fear of not being helped.