A WOMAN said she "thought she was going to die" after she suspected her drink had been spiked while she was out clubbing in Worcester.
The 19-year-old, who wants to remain anonymous, was out with friends in Worcester City Centre on Thursday celebrating a friend's birthday.
The woman, from Warndon Villages, said she had been enjoying a "normal night out" when she suddenly collapsed in Sin Nightclub on New Street.
"I had been drinking with friend's and my boyfriend. I had had two small glasses of Prosecco at home, before we had a cocktail in the Courtyard on St Nicholas Street and then one Jägerbomb and a vodka Red Bull in Sin," she said.
"In ten minutes I went from feeling a bit tipsy, but happy, to being collapsed unconscious on the floor. I go out fairly frequently and I know how much I can drink and when to stop, and this is something I have never had happen to me before. It was terrifying. One minute I was dancing, and the next I was waking up in A&E. "
The woman said that when she woke up in the hospital doctors told her that if her drink had been spiked, it was most likely to have been with "date-rape drug" Rohypnol.
"Although I have no evidence to show me my drink was drugged, my instincts tell me that is what happened, although I never left my drink unattended." she said.
"I don't know what else it could be. I know my limits and I know how I feel and act when I'm drunk. My family said that when I was going in the ambulance I was saying things but that I wasn't acting how I do when I'm drunk. I honestly thought I was going to die.
"Every time I go out my mother tells me the usual warnings that most parents give — watch your drink. And usually I will always cover my glass when dancing but on Thursday I just didn't.
"This has definitely put me off going out. I'm just thankful that my friends and boyfriend were with me at the time because I'm scared to think of what might have happened if I was alone. I just want to warn people to be very aware of this."
A spokesperson for West Mercia Police said that if a drink has been spiked, the way a person feels will depend on the drug used.
"You may feel drowsy, confused and find it difficult to move or speak. You may feel more drunk than you should given the amount of alcohol you have consumed. You may not be able to remember these feelings once they have passed.
"You should never accept a drink from a stranger, never leave drinks unattended, ask someone you trust to watch your drink if you go to the toilet or the dance floor, and remember that soft drinks can be spiked too. If you believe your drink has been tampered with, don't take a chance. Leave it well alone and get another one.
"You can buy specially adapted covers for bottles and glasses that can reduce the chance of your drink being spiked.
"It’s not just females who have their drink spiked, males fall victim too."
Hannah Taylor, manager at the Glade sexual assault referral centre in Bransford, said: "Anyone who believes their drink has been spiked can come to us and discuss their options, whether they believe they have been sexually assaulted or are not sure. They can call us on 0808 178 2058."