Cases of people ending up in hospitals after being drugged in Kenyan clubs have increased immensely. On October 15, 2021, Kasarani Officer Commanding Police Division (OCPD), Peter Mwanzo, raised alarm over the issue and summoned bar owners from the area.
He noted that men have been the target by a ring that is moving across the city drugging and robbing people of their valuables.
Mwanzo spoke to Kenyans.co.ke and warned bar owners that action will be taken against them if they do not work with law enforcement officers to root out these criminals.
However, these measures are not enough to protect you from being drugged. Doctors also warn that some of the drugs used by these criminals are dangerous and when used in large quantities could turn fatal.Kasarani OCPD Peter Mwanzo with Bishop Jeremiah Waweru of Church of the Lord Christians of All Nations situated along Thika Road on April 21, 2021The Standard
You can tell your drink has been spiked if it has a hazy appearance or a change in colour. Medics also state that it's possible for ice to sink if your drink has been tampered with. Your liquor or soda may also have excessive bubbles if it has been drugged.
Doctors state that spiked drinks do not necessarily change in taste or smell and that is why it is easy for people to get drugged.
What to do if you think your drink has been spiked
If you think your drink may have been spiked and you’re on your own, call someone you trust to help you get home safely. You can even alert the police and also report the crime once you confirm you were drugged.
It is advisable to not leave the premises because your attackers may follow you and at this point, your life may be in danger. If you feel unwell, ask the management to take you to the nearest hospital.
Most of the drugs will leave the body within 72 hours of ingestion, so it is important to get tested in order for doctors to identify what you've been drugged with and ensure you receive proper treatment.
How to protect your drink from being spiked
To avoid being spiked, do not leave your drink exposed anywhere no matter the time of day. If you leave your drink exposed, ask for a new one and also ask for a new glass.
Cut down on excessive drinking of alcohol at night especially if you are alone. Both men and women are prey to criminals who identify lone drinkers and plot on how they will rob them.
Cover your drink when you are having a conversation with a stranger. For glasses, it is advised to cover the top with serviettes to prevent people from slipping anything into your drink without your knowledge.
Do not let strangers sip your drink and do not accept a drink from someone you don’t know.Undated image of a drink being spikedFileNairobi Newsdrug criminal fatal alcohol
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