Police are investigating terrifying reports that a number of young women have reportedly been targeted and spiked by injection in nightclubs.
It has lead to calls for a boycott of nightclubs in around 30 towns and cities across the UK, and some students have said they are wearing heavier clothes like denim jackets to stop it happening to them.
A university student spiked with an injection has shared her horrendous experience of waking up confused with no memory of the night out.
Zara Owen, 19, who is a student at the University of Nottingham was on a night out in the city with her friends, but can’t remember anything after getting a drink from the bar.
Speaking to the Mirror, Zara said: “I was originally really confused because I woke up with no memory of the night.
“That is something that never happens to me and it was confusing since I hadn’t drank much alcohol.
“When it hit me I had been spiked, I was so shocked to realise this had happened to me as I take the safety measures given very seriously.
“I cover my glasses and I cover my bottles to make sure nothing goes in, but to realise I had been injected is terrifying. I had seen posts about people being injected which is what made me think it had happened to me.”
She says that nothing was out of the ordinary at first, but she had woken up with a sharp, agonising pain in her leg and was walking with a limp.
After speaking to her friends, they informed her that she had been acting out of character, not making any sense and wandering off alone.
Thankfully, a friend was able to get her home safely after spotting her outside the club where she had walked off and was speaking incoherently.
The next morning, she was shocked to find a pin-prick after examining her leg properly.
Superintendent Kathryn Craner, of Nottinghamshire Police, told BBC Breakfast on Wednesday: “Over the last few months we have seen an increase in reports where people believe drugs may have been put in their drinks, and we have received a small number of reports where people have told us it has been associated with a pain, or a mark on their body, or a scratching sensation.
“We are taking these reports very seriously.”