After the GHB on drinks and injections: A wave of college girls witnesses inadvertently injecting drugs into nightclubs in the United Kingdom, where police have seized more than 100 cases and made the first arrests.
The practice of injecting drugs into a victim’s drink has been known for many years. But in recent days, many young women and some young people have condemned attacks using hypodermic needles in bars or nightclubs, causing fear in the UK.
Witnesses mushroom after two Nottingham University students showed their injection marks and skin lesions in the UK media.
Newcomer Zara Owen said she woke up one night with faint memories and sharp pain in her leg, where she saw a thorn.
Sarah Buckle, in her second year, was rushed to hospital by her friends after she collapsed suddenly at night. She found a wound on her hand with a dark mark in the center she showed on Channel 4 News.
Since September, British police say they have received 140 reports of incidents involving drugs and 24 injections.
“It is clear that these reports are very worrying,” said Jason Harwin, deputy police chief and head of the Narcotics Branch of the Coordinating Federation of Various Police Organizations (NPCC).
According to him, the NPCC is “acting at a constant pace” to “understand the scale of this crime”, making any connection between these allegations and bringing those responsible to justice.
Police in Nottinghamshire, north England, on Friday arrested two people as part of an investigation into incidents of “needle sticks” in the city.
Young people between the ages of 18 and 19 are suspected of planning to give people drugs “with the intent of causing harm, annoyance or injury.”
In neighboring Lincolnshire, police arrested a 35-year-old man in the early hours of the morning on suspicion of possession of drugs with the help of nightclub staff. But without involving a needle.
So far this month, Nottinghamshire Police have received 15 reports of 15 suspected injection injuries from 14 women and one man, as well as management reports of 32 drugs since the beginning of September.
This is about the rest of the UK. Devon and Cornwall police say they are investigating an “incident in which a woman was stabbed with a needle” at an Exeter nightclub. A case has also been reported in the West Midlands.
The wave of protests comes just months after two young women died on the streets of the capital, sparking considerable sentiment in the United Kingdom and refreshing the debate over the safety of women in public.
Sarah Everest, 33, of London, was attacked in the middle of the street and then killed by a police officer on her way home in early March. Sabina Nessa, a 28-year-old teacher, went missing on September 17 when she went to a bar five minutes away from her home. His body was found the next day in a park, hidden under leaves.
In protest of this new threat to their safety, students and their boyfriends are preparing a series of boycotts of nightclubs and bars, refusing to go out on pre-determined evenings in each city to demand better security.
More than 163,000 people have signed a petition calling on the government to make it mandatory for customers to search the gates of nightclubs.
The parliamentary committee in charge of internal affairs examined the victims’ testimony on Wednesday, and its chairman, Yvette Cooper, described the injections as “heinous crimes.”