People have been sharing experiences of youngsters being spiked in York.
Parents have said their teenage children have been targeted in clubs and bars in the city.
It followed North Yorkshire Police posting on Facebook about what to do if you think you’ve been spiked.
They wrote: “It’s something that’s rare here in York and North Yorkshire, but we thought we’d put together some quick facts so you understand what, it is and how to report it.
“Spiking is when someone puts alcohol or drugs into another person’s drink or body without their consent or knowledge. This is illegal, even if no other offence is committed.
“People can also be the victims of ‘needle spiking’, which is injecting someone with drugs without their consent.”
In response, one resident wrote:
I don’t think it’s rare at all. My daughter was spiked, fortunately she had smart friends who kept her safe. When I asked them to test in A&E I was informed that they don’t test because it happens too often!
My daughter was spiked she ended up in A&E and police informed but nothing was really done.. I think it happens more than people think because half the time people think they are drunk!
And a third parent wrote:
My 19 year old daughter was spiked, we believe, by a group of 3 lads about a month ago in Club Salvation. Awful stomach cramps, lost her sight, vomiting all of a sudden. Unfortunately she didn’t report it, just got out of there quickly.
And yet more commented that “this is not rare” in York.
This is North Yorkshire Police’s advice: “It’s not a crime to have illegal drugs in your system (unless you are driving), so please don’t let this stop you reporting spiking.
“If you think you’ve been spiked, call 101 to report it to the police (or 999 in an emergency situation). If you are out in a bar or club, you can also report it to a member of staff, who will be able to help and support you.
“If you are injured or have symptoms you are worried about after being spiked, call NHS 111 to get medical help.”