The perils of having your drink spiked
Cara’s drive to keep young women safer when they’re out on the town
A campaign has been set up to raise awareness of people having their drinks spiked.
Cara Taven, from Coylton, set up a Facebook page called ‘ Girls Against Spiking’to bring to light the effects of spiking on nights out and to, hopefully, eradicate it.
The Facebook page, which has gained a following of over 3000 people in one week, hopes to attract the attention of nightclubs and bars and is aiming for lids to be put on all drinks served at their bars as part of a drive to stop people having their drinks spiked.
Cara, 21, told the Post about her campaign.
She said: “I have heard a lot about people getting spiked recently, in my local area and in the Glasgow region, and I know that a lot of people in Ayr do go out in Glasgow.
“It tends to be younger girls about my age that get affected by spiking and that was something I have really started to think about.
“This is something that could happen to anyone.
“I’m a law student and the reason why I wanted to study law was to represent people who maybe don’t have the confidence t o r e p r e s e n t themselves and to make a difference that way and I think that is where getting the idea to make the page has come from.
“I h o n e s t l y thought it would be a page where the girls at my work could like – I am surprised by the response.
“I remember saying to someone at work ‘ If you like the page it’ll take me to 40 likes’ – then when I woke up in the morning and it was 3000.
“I haven’t been affected by spiking – it’s not really about me or anyone that I know. It is about the community of girls my age.
“I just felt like the answer was there and no one has done anything about it until now.”
Last month, we told of how Cleo Smillie, 19, from Ayr, was on a night out in Madrid with her friend, Marc Davies, when she blacked out after one sip of her pink gin and lemonade.
It was later learned that she had a high level of GHB in her blood – the date- rape drug.
Strathclyde Union is among the nightclubs and bars that were prompted by the campaign and have gone on to order 1000 lids on a trial basis as they work on ways to keep students as safe as possible on nights out.
No one has done anything about it until now
Concerns Cara Taven has set up a Facebook page called ‘ Girls Against Spiking’ to highlight the problem