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Clubbers get aid against date rape drugs

PUBLISHED: 10:45 22 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:33 03 March 2010

FEMALE clubbers in Ipswich look like being given new protection in the fight against date rape drugs.

Luminar Leisure, that own the Liquid nightclub in Cardinal Park, are set to introduce a "swizzle stick" that can be dunked into a drink and will change colour if the drink has been contaminated in any way.

FEMALE clubbers in Ipswich look like being given new protection in the fight against date rape drugs.

Luminar Leisure, that own the Liquid nightclub in Cardinal Park, are set to introduce a "swizzle stick" that can be dunked into a drink and will change colour if the drink has been contaminated in any way.

The news comes after news that a woman in Bury St Edmunds may have had her drink spiked with the infamous date-rape drug Rohypnol.

The woman, who has not been named, was taken to hospital after she fell in the town's Club Brazilia. It is unclear whether she had been to another nightspot beforehand, but medical tests confirmed she had been exposed to a substance thought to be a date-rape drug.

Luminar Leisure, who also owns Club Brazilia, have moved quickly to make public their sponsoring of the "swizzle stick" – and say that it could be launched in their venues soon.

A spokeswoman for the company, based in Luton, Bedfordshire, said: "We are aware of the possibility of a drink being contaminated and an increasing number of such allegations across a few of our venues have been brought to our attention.

"In light of them we have become involved in various initiatives and taken certain measures to address this area of concern. We invited the national co-ordinator of the drug rape trust to make a presentation at our annual conference on June 6 2001.

"In the educational address we learned that the drug rape trust is developing a 'swizzle stick' campaign to aid both awareness of the danger and assistance in identifying a spoiled drink.

"We believed this to be an excellent idea, which we greeted with enthusiasm. On June 12 we responded to this piece of cutting edge news by offering to sponsor this campaign involving these 'swizzle sticks'.

"Once these swizzle sticks are produced we intend to launch them in an educational drive in all our venues. We are informed that the trust has now been given permission to work with government scientists to develop this initiative. A formal proposal is now imminent and we await this eagerly."

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