Former X Factor star Betsy-Blue English has claimed she was ‘spiked’ with an injection during a recent night out.
The singer, 22, took to her Instagram on Friday to share the ordeal with her followers as she urged others to ‘stay very vigilant’.
She appeared on The X Factor in 2014 with her band Only The Young and told how she had been out celebrating over Halloween last weekend in London when the incident occurred.
Scary: Former X Factor star Betsy-Blue English has claimed she was ‘spiked’ with an injection during a recent night out
She wrote: ‘I didn’t want to post this but after much thought this week, I feel its irresponsible not to.
‘Someone tried to spike me using an injection at the weekend.
‘We’ve seen all the social media posts, heard the stories but it’s seriously real and it’s happening.’
She shared a picture of her punctured skin alongside the post, which also appeared to be bruised.
Upset: The singer, 22, took to her Instagram on Friday to share the ordeal with her followers as she urged others to ‘stay very vigilant’
Performer: Betsy is pictured singing on X Factor
She then warned her supporters to keep their wits about them as it ‘really doesn’t matter where you are.’
She continued: ‘I’ve only ever been spiked by high profile people…doesn’t matter how safe you feel with your surroundings, stay very vigilant.
‘I’m literally only posting this to raise more awareness.’
Terrified: She appeared on The X Factor in 2014 with her band Only The Young and told how she had been out celebrating over Halloween last weekend in London when the incident occurred
Betsy-Blue rose to fame after her stint on the talent show before branching out into fashion, designing and acting.
Her account is the latest in a string of reports of women being spiked with needles in nightclubs, following claims of injection spiking in Nottingham, Liverpool and Manchester.
There have been nearly 200 reports of drink spiking across the UK in September and October, as detectives investigate claims of seven women being injected while out in Brighton in one week as a man is arrested on suspicion of ‘administering a noxious substance’.
Star: Betsy-Blue rose to fame after her stint on the talent show before branching out into fashion, designing and acting
Seven women say they have been injected on nights out in two Sussex resorts in just seven days.
Six revellers told police they were injected while out in Brighton city centre with another woman saying she was spiked during a night out in Eastbourne.
The National Police Chiefs’ Council said there have been 198 reports of spiking in September and October across various parts of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, plus 24 reports of some form of injection.
Last week, women across the UK took a stand and boycotted bars and nightclubs on October 27 to demand venues to do more to protect revellers from spiking.
The ‘Girls Night In’ movement is taking place in several cities for the next two weeks amid reports that young women were being spiked at night clubs.
Pryzm on the seafront in Brighton and in Nottingham showed its support for students by calling off its weekly Wednesday club night.
Important: Last week, women across the UK took a stand and boycotted bars and nightclubs on October 27 to demand venues to do more to protect revellers from spiking
What do the experts say on reports of injection spiking?
Is it possible?
Yes – and there are credible reports where people have woken up with needle marks having been spiked.
But the likelihood of it being a widespread phenomena is ‘deeply improbable’, according to one medical consultant.
David Caldicott, an emergency medicine consultant and founder of drug testing project WEDINOS, told VICE News: ‘The technical and medical knowledge required to perform this would make this deeply improbable.
‘It’s really hard to stick a needle in someone without them noticing, especially if you have to keep the needle in there for long enough, maybe 20 seconds, to inject enough drugs to cause this.’
Could someone not give the injection really fast?
Yes – but they’d need a very powerful drug to do so discreetly, experts say.
GHB is one of the most well-known ‘date rape’ drug and is also self-administered in small doses by people recreationally.
But Guy Jones, senior scientist at drugs charity the Loop, told VICE it would be a ‘poor candidate’ for injection because of the large amounts of fluid needed.
‘Therefore (it would require) a thick, painful needle. This means that the substance involved would be something that would be highly detectable for several days in a toxicology screening,’ he said.
Adam Winstock, director of the Global Drug Survey, added: ‘There are very few easily accessible drugs / medicines that could be given intramuscular in a small enough volume that people would not notice and the effects would take some time to come on.
‘What you see in the movies is not reality. People need to keep their drinks close to them, avoid taking them from strangers and keep an eye out for their mates.’
Can drugs be administered to any part of the body?
Yes – but some parts are more effective than others
Mr Jones told VICE: ‘Where drugs can be injected non-intravenously, there are specific injection sites that do not work well.
‘The back is one of these unsuitable sites due to the low fat-muscle content, and high concentration of pain receptors.’
What about drink spiking?
While injection spiking is still possible, drink spiking is a lot more common.
Incidents of drink spiking in the UK increased by 108 per cent between 2015 and 2018, with 179 incidents taking place in 2017 alone.
This is only the officially recorded numbers – and is likely to be much higher as it is common for people not to report it to police.
Charity Drinkaware advise: ‘Don’t accept a drink from someone you don’t know and if they’re available, use drink stoppers, which can be purchased online, for the top of your bottle.’
Rohypnol (or Roofie) and Gamma Hydroxybutyrate (GHB) are the most commonly known ‘date-rape’ drugs.
Recreational drugs like Ecstasy, Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD), Ketamine and other ‘party-drugs’ are sometimes used to spike alcoholic drinks.
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