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05 Jul 2022

Students at IT Carlow patrol bars after drink spiking 'surge'

Students at an Irish college patrol bars after 'surge' in drink-spiking reports

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Students at IT Carlow, which is attended by many Laois students, are patrolling bars after a reported surge in drink-spiking. 

IT Carlow Students' Union say the the Spike-Watch initiative involves students union staff and volunteer students forming a visible presence at bars to prevent spiking. 

Volunteers on patrol will act as a point of contact for anyone worried they may have been spiked, or who feels unsafe. 

Thomas Drury is the president of the Students Union.

"We feel it should be a priority of ours to ensure students can feel safe on a night out without having to worry about themselves or their friends being spiked. This campaign steps up our efforts in putting an end to this drink-spiking crisis," he said. 

Individual students are playing their part, with Laois student Alex Kelly providing the SU with a simple device to help prevent spiking; a small circular card to place over an individual's drink. 

Common symptoms of spiking include lowered inhibitions, difficulty concentrating or speaking, loss of balance, memory loss, blurred vision, hallucinations and/or unconsciousness. 

Bars popular with students around Carlow town have reportedly pledged their support to end the crisis. 

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