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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 3 Hansard (30 March) . . Page.. 935..


May 2005

7

0

June 2005

4

0

July 2005

6

1 - MDMA/MDA

August 2005

5

0

September 2005

3

0

October 2005

4

0

November 2005

4

0

December 2005

6

1 - ketamine and methamphetamine

1 - MDMA/MDA

January 2006

5

results not yet available

February 2006

1

results not yet available - considered highly probable

It should be noted that not all of the incidents were confirmed as actual drink spiking incidents. This is the number of alleged incidents reported to police.

Summary of Drink Spiking Incidences over abovementioned period;

    • A total of 65 alleged drink spiking incidences were reported over the 12 month period.
    • 4 cases confirmed the presence of prohibited substances as follows;
      • 3 cases detected MDMA (ecstasy) which is often voluntarily ingested as a 'recreational drug'; and
      • 1 case detected methamphetamine and ketamine, a known 'drink spiking drug'

Of the 6 reported incidences where analysis is currently unavailable;

    • 2 are possible drink spiking incidences occurring in January; and
    • 1 is a probable drink spiking incidence occurring in February.

(2) ACT Policing treat all reports of drink spiking seriously and follow up with the complainant on all occasions.

Police urge all complainants reporting within 72 hours from the time of the alleged incident to supply blood and urine samples for analysis. Of the 65 reports investigated by Police, 34 complainants provided samples for analysis. The remaining 31 complainants either denied testing or reported outside the required 72 hour period.

(3) (a) One suspect has been identified in an unconfirmed incidence (results not yet available).

(b) No persons have been arrested, and no charges have been laid.

(4) Drink Spiking Harm Minimisation strategies are as follows:

(a) ACT Policing and ACT Ambulance Service media release issued 6 January 2006. This was targeted at increasing public awareness of drink spiking and suggested strategies to prevent becoming a victim.

It should also be noted that increased public awareness of drink spiking might lead to an increase in reporting, including false reporting.


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