Young mum warns of the dangers of drink spiking

Elise Woolrich (l), 22, of Balby had her drink spiked on a night out with her sister Natalie Woolrich, 19, of Balby, and they both want to raise awareness. Picture: Andrew Roe
Elise Woolrich (l), 22, of Balby had her drink spiked on a night out with her sister Natalie Woolrich, 19, of Balby, and they both want to raise awareness. Picture: Andrew Roe

A YOUNG mother is calling for better care for drink spike victims after being left feeling abandoned when she was targeted.

Elise Woolrich, 22, was on a night out with her sister 19-year-old Natalie when she suddenly started feeling the room was spinning despite only having two or three drinks.

When she went to the toilet she slipped on the floor and could not get back up or feel her body.

She said: “I just put my head on the toilet and just wanted to go to sleep.

“This was the scariest moment of my life. I couldn’t move at all. It was so lucky my sister was the one who found me but she was so upset by the whole thing.”

Elise was in Urban bar in Cleveland Street, Doncaster town centre, when a man approached her and tried to sit next to her, as she told him no and turned away the man handed her the drink she had left on the table.

She said: “I’m a really sensible person and am careful about drinks.”

But shortly after a few sips Elise, a barmaid of Balby Road, Balby, realised something was wrong.

She said Natalie discovered her in a toilet cubicle and had to get staff to help her into a taxi, who then initially refused to take the pair in case Elise was sick.

She added: “I called the police the next day and they said someone would come out and see me.

“Someone came out and told me there was nothing I could do without blood tests as nothing could be proved.”

Doctors told Elise that too much time had passed to get the tests carried out and prove for definite she had been targeted.

“If I had known this I would have gone to hospital straight away. There is just not enough information out there to help people,” she added.

Elise said the management at Urban had done everything to help, but could not find CCTV evidence to prove anything had been dropped in her drink.

Janet Roid, bar manager said: “We advise people to keep their drinks with them at all times. If they go outside for a cigarette we say to leave a beer mat on top of the drink or better still to give it to a friend to save.

“We also have a policy that if a drink is left we will keep an eye on it for ten minutes and then remove it.”

A police spokesman said symptoms vary depending on what substance was used to spike a drink. She added it was a common misconception that only alcoholic drinks were spiked and there had been incidents of soft drinks being tampered with.