Emergency Department (A&E)
If you think you or someone you know has been spiked, the best thing to do is seek medical help straight away.
To access NHS healthcare services and alert the A&E of your arrival, call 111. If you have a hearing or speech impairment, use the textphone service 18001 111.
If the person's condition is deteriorating, especially if they become unaware of their surroundings, fall unconscious, or start vomiting, having seizures, hallucinations or difficulty speaking, call 999 for an ambulance immediately. If you have a hearing or speech impairment, use the textphone service 18000 or text 999 if you’ve pre-registered with the emergencySMS service.
The quicker you get to the hospital, the more likely it is that the substance will be identified. Drugs can only be detected within the first 12-72 hours of administration (the earlier the better).
The A&Es in Oxford are located in:
John Radcliffe Hospital
Headley Way, Headington,
Oxford OX3 9DU
Tel: 0300 304 7777
Horton General Hospital
Banbury OX16 9AL
Tel: 0300 304 7777
A registered, independent charity which aims to reduce alcohol-related harm. They offer impartial, evidence-based information, advice and practical resources.
call 020 7766 9900
Click the link below for Drink Aware's quick guide on what to do if you think you or someone else has been spiked.
SOLACE is the sexual assault referral centre (SARC) of Oxfordshire. They offer forensic medical examinations to collect evidence, allowing survivors the flexibility to choose to report to police in the future, even if they aren't ready to right now. These include testing for drugs used in spiking.
They also provide emergency medical and practical support for recent victims of rape or sexual assault.
There is no expectation to report to the police, and forensics can be stored for up to two years.
They have two locations, one in Bicester and one in Slough. Bicester is the closest.
Call their 24/7 hotline 0800 970 9952 before travelling to their location.
Thames Valley Police (call 999)
Spiking is a crime. Drugs used in spiking incidents must be tested for ASAP. Contact your local police station for support.
Successful drug testing can be useful for treating the victim and collecting forensic evidence.
Perpetrators can be punishable by up to 10 years in prison for violation of the Sexual Offences Act.
Victims can submit a Criminal Injury Claim for financial compensation.
"The Sexual Offences Act 2003 states it's an offence to administer a substance to a person with intent to overpower that person and to enable sexual activity with them. It's punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The same would be true of needle spiking which would also be a physical assault." - Hudgell Solicitors
You can report a crime (e.g. harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, spiking):
online (click here)
via. a phone call (call 101, open 24/7)
by visiting a police station
FRANK is a national anti-drug advisory service jointly established by the Department of Health and Home Office of the British government in 2003.
It is intended to reduce the harms brought about by legal and illegal drug usage. It is aimed at young people.
It a friendly, confidential service that can provide help and information on preventing and responding to spiking and the drugs typically used for spiking.
24/7 confidential hotline 0300 1236600
live chat service here
The Oxford Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre (OSARCC) is a collective of women committed to supporting survivors of sexual abuse, rape, domestic abuse, and harassment.
OSARCC offer a free and confidential service for people of all genders who are dealing with the effects of sexual violence and to anyone who is supporting them.
for a confidential listening space
call 0800 783 6294
text 07537 432 442
for everything else (referrals, admin, etc.)
call 01865 725311